PAF C-130 in Turkey to carry back ‘spray plane’ to kill locusts
A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) C-130 plane has reached Turkish city of Adnana to carry back ‘spray plane’ to combat locust outbreak in Sindh and Punjab that poses serious food security issues if not tackled timely, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
The huge PAF C-130 aircraft will be bringing back the special ‘Piper Brave’ plane, aka crop duster plane, used for mass chemicals spray on locusts to save farmers’ corps.
The Turkish government has extended help to Pakistan in combating the attack wave of the voracious insects and locusts.
The situation is worsening amid the locust attack as huge swarms are damaging the crops in 15 districts of Sindh, 24NewsHD TV channel also reported on Wednesday.
It triggered a warning by Sindh Agriculture Minister Ismail Rahu who said the country might face a food security crisis if the federal government did not cooperate on the issue.
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report released in April, Pakistan is under threat of an intense second-wave desert locusts that may cause a loss of Rs600 billion to Pakistani economy.