COAS General Qamar Bajwa Visited National Locust Control Center (NLCC) At Rawalpindi:
PAKISTAN CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the National Locust Control Center (NLCC) on June 4, 2020, PAKISTAN ARMY Media Wing Head Director General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar said in an official statement.
During the visit, CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was thoroughly briefed by the Chief Coordinator National Locusts Control Center, Lieutenant General Moazzam Ejaz.
CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa highly appreciated the role of NLCC in Synergizing and coherent national efforts with the recommendation of the National Action Plan (NAP).
COAS reiterated that Army will make all possible resources available to help civil admin combat locust threat. He stressed effective control ops are essential for ensuring food security & mitigating negative eco impact. Govt already declared national emergency in this regard. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/QqNfkVDnJr
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) June 4, 2020
“COAS visited the National Locust Control Center #NLCC Rwp. Was briefed by Lt Gen Moazzam Ejaz, Chief Coordinator NLCC, about the efforts being undertaken to counter locust threat. COAS appreciated NLCC role in synergizing national efforts in line with the National Action Plan,” DG ISPR quoted COAS General Bajwa.
During the briefing, PAKISTAN ARMY CHIEF General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed that the ARMED FORCES OF PAKISTAN to assist, coordinate and collaborate with the civil administration in all the four provinces to control the threat of locust in the country.
“COAS reiterated that ARMY will make all possible resources available to help civil admin combat locust threat. He stressed effective control ops are essential for ensuring food security & mitigating negative eco impact. Govt already declared national emergency in this regard,” DG ISPR quoted COAS General Bajwa
PAKISTAN’s Iron Brother TURKEY has also sent the special purpose Brew Jet to PAKISTAN to control locusts in the country.
Desert Locusts or Schistocerca Gregoria has attacked the large quantity of crops in all the provinces of PAKISTAN. These insects, mainly originating from the Desert can eat and destroy anything from flowers and seed, while traveling up to 140 KM speed a day.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 38% of PAKISTAN agricultural fields are the breeding ground for the locusts.
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