Grasshopper swarms will add to Pakistan’s Covid-19 crisis warning of the United Nations | Instant News

A new wave of locusts that threatens to destroy crops in parts of Pakistan, as does the risk of the corona virus that causes some of the poorest countries to suffer poverty, the UN agriculture agency has warned.

The voracious insects have over the last two years tore up most of the Middle East, South Asia and East Africa in Indonesia their worst plague for 25 years.

Destruction will continue without immediate action, with insects breeding in Pakistan after a wet winter. Further flocks are then set to migrate from Iran and the Horn of Africa at the end of the year.

The UK Department for International Development last month gave £ 1 million to help Pakistan fight the grasshopper.

Desert grasshoppers can fly up to 90 miles per day and if good rain falls and conditions are good, it can increase the amount 20-fold in three months. Almost all plants and non-susceptible plants and insects are one of the biggest threats to food security in most of the world.

“Amid the additional impact of Covid-19 on health, livelihoods and food security and nutrition of Pakistan’s most vulnerable populations and populations, it is crucial to successfully control and control the attacks of desert grasshoppers,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) say earlier this week.

The current increase in regional grasshoppers began in the Arabian Peninsula in mid-2018. The pest reached Pakistan last spring and the government last year declared a national emergency. After a wet winter they are now breeding again in Pakistan, while migration migrates at the end of the year. The fall of the herd has made Pakistan unprepared last year, after a quarter century of limited threats. Plant vacuum cleaners and spraying equipment are outdated or need to be repaired.

Half a million hectares in 22 districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh provinces are under threat. So far, wheat, cotton and oil seed crops have been affected.

At the same time, the country is experiencing deep economic difficulties due to locking measures to stop the spread of new coronaviruses. Poor daily laborers have been the worst affected.

Christian Turner, High Commissioner for Pakistan, said: “Covid-19 will have an impact on the poorest and most vulnerable in countries like Pakistan. That is why we changed our UKAid development portfolio in Pakistan to help save lives and livelihoods. This includes direct health assistance through WHO, and rapid response to threats to plants from grasshoppers. “


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