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Iran prepared to counter locust swarms

After surviving the 2019 locust plague, Iran is now gearing up to deal with the current threat. Iran is prepared to control the impending swarms of locust to the south of the country, an agricultural expert said in an interview.

Mohammad Reza Mir, the agricultural expert in the Plant Protection Organization of Iran said that the desert locusts, which are expected to invade the parts of the country, are the same ones that swarmed Iran in January 2019 but this time only 20-30 percent of the population of this marauding pest will enter the country.

"As we speak, the southern Hormozgan and southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Provinces are dealing with the pest on more than 2,000 hectares of land," Mir said, noting that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has predicted that swarms could also invade Iran's central Kerman Province and Jazmourian Lake region, an inland basin in southeast Iran in their new wave of migration.

"We are well equipped and prepared to fight these pest," Mir said, adding that pesticides have been adequately supplied. Given Iran's previous experiences in fighting locusts, the imminent invasion of the locusts is expected to cause the least damage to farms and orchards, he said.


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