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Balochistan farmers harvest premature crops in fears of locust attacks

Locusts have destroyed thousand acres of crops

SAMAA | and - Posted: Jun 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jun 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

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Farmers in Balochistan have harvested premature crops this year in fear of another locust attack.

“My grape and onion crops have been completely destroyed by locusts, which led to losses of thousands of rupees for me,” a farmer complained.

Farmers in multiple areas of Balochistan, including Quetta, Pishin, Chagai, Qila Abdullah and Mastung, were left in despair after their crops spread over hundreds of acres were destroyed by locusts.

Quetta’s Akhbar was also affected by locusts, after which farmers in the area starting harvesting their crops ahead of time. They said that it was better than losing everything.

“Our crops were already very weak because of the water shortage and now these locusts have caused complete destruction,” another farmer complained.

According to experts, these attacks will intensify with time and the government should take measures to protect the livelihood of farmers.

On the other hand, in Punjab’s Rajanpur’s, the administration has started spraying insecticides on fields with the help of helicopters.

A total of 100 rounds have been made and more than 66,000 acres have been sprayed, according to the deputy commissioner.

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