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Pakistan develops drones to fight locusts

Christian Fernsby |
Pakistan on Tuesday said it has developed drones to fight swarms of locusts that have invaded agriculture fields across the country, risking food security.

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In a statement, the National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC), a state-run telecommunication manufacturing company, said the indigenously made drones would be used to spray insecticides and pesticides on fields in the country.

The development came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan handed over the first tranche of locally produced ventilators also manufactured by the NRTC to the country’s disaster management authorities as part of battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

In Pakistan, hopper bands of the Schistocerca gregaria commonly known as the desert locust have already devoured large quantities of crops in over 60 districts in all four provinces in the country.

The locusts are believed to have entered into the southwestern Balochistan province from neighboring Iran.

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