The Pakistan government has declared a national emergency to eliminate the attacking swarms of desert locusts which are destroying crops on an outsized scale in Punjab after wiping it call at Sindh, the media reported on Saturday.
The decision was taken at a gathering on Friday convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan, reports Dawn news.
The meeting attended by federal ministers and senior officials of the four provinces also approved a National Action Plan (NAP) that needs a sum of seven .3 billion Pakistani rupees to beat the crisis.
Imran Khan directed the authorities concerned to require all necessary steps on an emergency basis to contain the locust outbreak within the country and to stop crop losses.
The locust attack was first spotted within the country in March 2019 and swarms later cover 900,000 hectares in Sindh, South Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, damaging standing crops and trees worth many rupees, reports The Express Tribune.