NLCC performance is as per the NAP: COAS

By Staff Reporter
Friday – June 5, 2020
RAWALPINDI: The chief of army staff (COAS), general Qamar Javed Bajwa appreciated the national locust control centre’s (NLCC) role, Thursday, in synergising national efforts in line with the national action plan (NAP).

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, COAS general Bajwa visited the NLCC whereat he was briefed by NLCC Engineer-in-Chief lieutenant general Moazzam Ejaz, who is also the chief coordinator, about the efforts being undertaken to counter locust threat.

COAS reiterated that army will make all possible resources available to help civil administration in combating locust threat.

He further stressed that effective control operations are essential for ensuring food security in the country and in mitigating the negative economic impact.

The government has already declared national emergency in this regard.

Separately, according to an official statement on Wednesday, as per the detail released by the NLCC, joint teams of the national food security and research ministry, provincial departments of agriculture and Pakistan army are conducting a comprehensive survey and control operation against locusts in different districts of the country.

More than 1,125 joint military teams are taking part in the operation in 53 districts.

So far 250,240 square kilometres (approximately 2.5 million hectares) have been surveyed, while control operations have been carried out in an area of 5,121 square kilometres (approximately 512100 hectares).

In the last 24 hours, as on Wednesday, 110,778 hectare area was surveyed in the Punjab province and locust infestation was confirmed in two districts (Mianwali and Dera Ghazi Khan) and anti locust operation was carried out in 98 hectare area.

More than 2,227 people and more than 279 vehicles took part in the operation.

So far 8,251,744 hectare area has been surveyed and 174,180 hectare area has been operated in districts across the province.

In the last 24 hours, as on Wednesday, 65,050 hectare area has been surveyed in the Sindh province and the presence of locusts in five districts (Nowshero Feroze, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkar, Khairpur and Mitiari) has been confirmed.

The operation involved 35 teams of 387 people (including Pakistan army) and more than 64 vehicles.

So far 3,126,604 hectare area has been surveyed and 38,672 hectare area has been operated across the province.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 72,592 hectare area was surveyed in last 24 hours, as on Wednesday, and locust infestation was confirmed in 10 districts (Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Karam, Orakzai and Khyber).

An anti-locust operation was performed on 787 hectares. More than 80 teams, more than 121 vehicles took part in the operation.

So far 3,486,518 hectare area has been surveyed and 43,123 hectare area has been operated in the province.

In the last 24 hours, as on Wednesday, 117,718 hectare area was surveyed in Balochistan and in 33 districts (Khuzdar, Awaran, Noshki, Chaghi, Gwadar, Lasbela, Ketch, Panjgur, Kharan, Washik, Quetta, Barkhan, Dera Bugti, Daki, Harnai, location of locust hearts in Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Bolan, Kalat, Qila Abdullah, Qila Saifullah, Kohlu, Loralai, Mastung, Musa Khel, Naseerabad, Pishin, Sibi, Sarab, Sohbatpur, Zhob and Ziarat) an anti-locust operation was performed.

More than 1,204 people and more than 105 vehicles took part in the operation.

So far 9,325,657 hectare area has been surveyed and 290,353 hectare area has been operated in the province.

In addition to aerial spraying with the help of airplanes and helicopters, non-conventional methods are also being used for effective control of locust during control operations.

Farmers can contact NLCC numbers for locust presence and for more information and guidance: landline 051-9274980-2, UAN 051-111222999 and mobile 03205800120-4.


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