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Pakistan: Locusts destroy crops in Karak district

A fresh attack of locusts played havoc with the standing crops, vegetables and fruit orchards in the Karak District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Teams have been formed to use pesticide sprays against the locusts.

Farmers complained that locusts attacked crops in Jandri, Ahmadkhel, Zebi, Talabkhel, Biland Killa, Lakh Khani, Isak Chountra, Monaka Banda, Ghundi Mir Khankhel, Badinkhel, Tarkikhel, Shano Algada, Ghar Kala and other localities in Karak.

The farmers said millions of the locusts played havoc with the standing crops, vegetables and fruit trees in these areas. They added that millions of locusts were flying in the air and destroyed crops. The farmers claimed that in many areas the locals beat the drums to force the locusts to run from the area but they said that it was beyond their control to force millions of locusts to leave the area.

On being contacted, the district officer of agriculture Ghani-ur-Rehman Khattak informed that the agriculture department has formed special teams to kill the locusts by conducting spray. He asked the farmers to inform the teams of agriculture about the places locusts settle at night so they can be sprayed with pesticides.


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