Desert locust in an international migratory plague with breeding ground stretching from India across Pakistan, Iran & Saudi Arabia to the West Africa, affecting sixty countries of the world. Locust is more serious menace to Pakistan than any other country, because Pakistan lies on the routes of the migrating swarms both from west in summer / monsoon and from East in winter, due to this Pakistan is the only country in the world. Which maintains Aerial fleet to combat locust. Although locust attacks are not strictly an annual phenomenon yet there are always invasions of varied intensities of infestations after irregular years of recessions. Adequate Aerial support is crucial for locust control in breeding areas, which consist of thousands of square kilometers of our schedule desert.
Control of desert locust is not only indispensable for saving our cultivated crops from its ravages which may lead to famine and economic destitution, but also for fulfillment of Pakistan’s obligations to FAO, Global Food Security Sustainable Agriculture and National Sovereignty.