COAS Bajwa Briefed Over Locust Situation, Pledges Support In Combating Threat
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday pledged support in combating the recent locust attacks in Pakistan. He was briefed over the current situation in National Locust Control Centre (NLCC) by Lieutenant General Moazzam Ejaz, the chief coordinator of NLCC.
Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, said that the army chief visited the NLCC in Rawalpindi where he assured the nation the army will assist civil administration in combating locust attacks. “Gen Bajwa appreciated NLCC’s role in synergising national efforts in line with the National Action Plan”, said the statement.
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
The COAS said that the army will make all possible resources available to help civil administration in combating the locust threat. “He stressed that effective operations are essential for food security in the country and in mitigating the negative economic impact [of attacks]. The government has already declared [a] national emergency in this regard,” the statement further added.
Food security in Pakistan is under threat as locusts swarm all across the food crops in several districts of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. Their attacks have become severer and some of the crop fields affected are reported to be in Multan, Muzzaffargarh, Vehari, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur in Punjab and Sanghar, Matiari, and Ghotki in Sindh.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) announced a 24-hour hotline at 051-111-222-999 for the complaints regarding locusts swarming crop fields. They have also claimed to help with spraying the pests away.