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KARACHI: The Met Office has said the locust threat has dimmed dramatically in Pakistan because of the intensive survey and control operations. Nevertheless, it said, limited breeding continues in southeast Sindh and Lasbela west of Karachi, citing the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations, Locust Watch.

Monsoon rainfall is expected to remain slightly above normal by 10 percent during Sep in Pakistan. Eastern Sindh is likely to receive above normal rainfall during the month; however, dry weather is expected for the next two months.

Temperatures are expected to remain within the requisite criteria of 20-35 degrees Celsius in most parts of the Sindh. The expected temperatures of the region may favour the egg and hopper development of locust. Generally, winds are expected to prevail westerly in lowland areas.

Along with the expected temperatures and wind pattern, higher rains would provide favorable environment for Locust breeding during September. Widespread and appropriate insecticides spray using aero planes/helicopters or special vehicles in the affected areas, is the only solution to control the breeding/spread of locust, the office added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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