China sends locust extermination team to Pakistan
China is sending a group of locust extermination team in Pakistan this week for help the nation in ending the locust outbreak.
China has equipped with world leading applied sciences in locust management, and pesticide and machines which Pakistan needed a lot.
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said in a meeting with Pakistani Minister for National Food Security and Research Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar that the Chinese team will set up a targeted solution to tackle with this challenge with Pakistan mutually.
He said that China has world-leading technologies for locust control and he hopes to use Chinese knowledge to deal with the locust outbreak. China’s support for Pakistan amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in China showed the deep relationship between the two nations.
Pakistani Ambassador to China Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi told the media that when asked if Pakistan will import insecticide from China. Using insecticide is one possible way that is being considered for dealing with locust outbreak.
Pakistan has declared a national emergency over its worst locust outbreak in two decades, which has battered 40 percent of the country’s crops so Chinese machines are also expected to be used to aid Pakistan.
Director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Qu Dongyu said the situation could become worse in April if not controlled in time.
China has sufficient reserves of pesticide and related machines for locust control, which are the tools Pakistan lacks and is in urgent need of them.