Pakistani farmers worried about livelihoods, food, as locusts swarm fields

Pakistani farmers worried about livelihoods, food, as locusts swarm fields

Media Category: Blog
Media Organization: Samaa TV
By: AsimAhmedKhan

Pakistani farmers are worried about their livelihood as invading armies of locusts continue to devour their crops in Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab.

The infestation is reported to have caused billions of dollars of damage and is expected to create long-term food shortages.

Many farmers have even started beating drums to scare them away but it hasn’t been successful. In Rajanpur, the locusts have attacked cotton, wheat, tomato, and sunflower fields, while cotton, rice, chickpea fields have been destroyed in Rahim Yar Khan. They have swarmed and destroyed cherry, apple, apricot and watermelon fields in Kalat.

Thirty-one of Balochistan’s 33 districts have been invaded by locusts. The government spokesperson has said that they are spraying pesticides but farmers claim that action has been taken too late.

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