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Pakistan could lose up to Arab 3.4 billion from locusts, says UN

Pakistan could lose up to Arab 3.4 billion from locusts, says UN

ISLAMABAD: According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the government has made a preliminary estimate of the financial losses caused by locusts in the two coming agricultural seasons in 2020 and 2021. That could range from Arab 3.4 billion to Arab10.21 billion.

The UNOCHA says many farmers have already been hit hard by locust damage and more losses are predicted by the end of the summer.

At the end of January, the government declared locusts a national emergency and set up a national action plan and a high-level national locust control center to control and monitor locusts.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is assisting the government in obtaining technical advice and assistance in locust monitoring and control activities, including locust threat forecasting and controlled operation strategies. Is.

The FAO and the World Food Program (WFP) and other partners will work with the government to meet the needs in the worst-affected districts.

These areas have also experienced a number of problems with the coronavirus during the last 18 months, including droughts, floods, and cold waves.

The government needs additional funding of 37 372 million over the next three years to survey, control, and rehabilitate locust damage.

The FAO has launched the Locust Heart Global Response Plan 2020, which includes one 12.5 million to help Pakistan deal with the crisis, of which only 19 1.9 million has been provided so far.

More than 3 million people in Pakistan face food insecurity while the situation is most critical in Balochistan.

An estimated 34,000 households will need emergency livelihood and food security assistance due to crop damage.

The UNOCHA says crop losses could indirectly affect many people, leading to higher commodity prices.

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