UK locust sprayers arrive in Pakistan to help tackle crises
Topics: LOCUST PAKISTAN
They are the first 20 of 50 sprayers as part of a UK aid package of £1m to support the Government of Pakistan tackle to outbreak, which has been declared a national emergency.
UK funding will ensure:
- 50 sprayers (20 of which have arrived) to be sent to control locusts and help to ensure food security;
- 1,300 PPE kits help ensure surveillance and control operations can continue safely through the coronavirus pandemic;
- 18,000 vulnerable farmers are helped;
The sprayers are from UK-based company, Micron Sprayers Ltd. It has over 50 years of industry experience, and its products are used in over a hundred countries across the globe.
Underlining the close trading relationship between the UK and Pakistan, Micron Sprayers Ltd is also working on a separate agreement to supply 83 sprayers to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Pakistan. This agreement is not funded by UK aid.
UK aid has given £1 million to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to tackle swarms of locusts up until 30 September 2020, as part of help support food security in Pakistan. ■