The Department of Plant Projection has the mandate to undertake desert locust survey and control operations in the scheduled desert area of the country.
Which may extends to about 300,000 sq. km to save the valuable agricultural crops. Due to the peculiar geographic location, Pakistan have two breeding zones.
- Winter-Spring Breeding Zone.
- Summer-Monsoon Breeding zone.
The Winter-spring breeding zone comprises of the desert of Kharan, Khuzdar and Nushki upto Taftan and coastal belt of Balochistan where the desert areas facilitates the exogenous locust swarms / population to breed further and to move onward to the eastern parts of the country. Here routine locust survey is undertaken by the Department from 01st February-30th June every year to have a watch over the locust activities. There are eight locust outposts in winter-spring breeding areas i.e. Quetta, Khuzdar, Kharan, Nushki, Turbat, Pasni, Panjgur & Uthal.
The summer-monsoon breeding zone comprises of Tharparkar / Nara deserts of Sindh and Cholistan desert of Punjab where routine locust survey is undertaken by the Department from 1st June to 30th September every year in order to keep strict vigilance on indigenous breeding as well as on the exogenous locust movement from Indian side. There are four locust outposts in summer-monsoon breeding areas i.e. Bahawalpur, Rahimyar Khan, Sukkur & Mirpur Khas.