New Locust Swarms from Afghanistan Enter Pakistan

Pakistan’s crop losses continue to surmount as researchers find that the desert locusts have found a new route to enter the country via Afghanistan, to attacks agricultural fields in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Crop losses have already been reported in several areas of the province, including the district bordering Pakistan’s ‘food basket’ Punjab.

The government had already been monitoring swarms in their spring-breeding habitats in Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti which were entering the country via Saud Arabi, Yemen and Iran.

Neighbouring India is also preparing for the new swarms to enter from Iran and Pakistan by June-end and early July.

The oncoming monsoon season may also see a resurgence as locusts breed and lay eggs in that season too, leading to an even bigger swarm.

13 / June 2020
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