India’s neighbor Pakistan has declared a National Emergency to tackle the massive crop damage. The country is facing its worst locust attack in decades. The insects are destroying crops on a large scale in Punjab province, which is Pakistan‘s main region for agricultural production.
The decision to declare the emergency was taken by the cabinet on Friday. A National Action Plan (NAP) of Rs 7.3 billion required to overcome the crisis was also approved during the meeting.
“Protection of farms and farmers is the highest priority of the government. Therefore, the federal government should take all necessary steps to save national crops and provide required resources to the quarters concerned,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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This is the worst of such attacks since 1993 that the country is facing. Generally, Locusts used to move to Iran after some time, but due to low temperatures, they are still in Pakistan this time. The swarms of locust are currently on the Pakistan-India border along Cholistan. This presents a threat of such an attack on India, especially on the Punjab side.
Inputs from Livemint