Rs.26 billion requires for purchasing plane, vehicles, spray to control locusts: Fakhar Imam

Islamabad, July 10, 2020 (PPI-OT): Minister for National Food Syed Fakhar Imam says 26 billion rupees are required for purchasing planes, vehicles, spray and other necessary material to wipe out locusts. Talking to private news channel, he said federal government would provide an amount of 14 billion rupees while provincial governments should release 12 billion rupees for protection of crops from locusts.

He said the discussion was being made with World Bank and Asian Development Bank to invite support for Pakistan regarding provision of funds for controlling locusts. The minister said discussion for soft loan with foreign banks is underway and the banks would extend help to Pakistan in order to remove locusts from different districts. Fakhar Imam said spray has been imported from United Kingdom to protect crops from locusts’ attack.

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