Govt trying hard to control locust spread: Buzdar

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Chief Minister Usman Buzdarsaid that the Punjab government has provided Rs 1 billion and aerial spray is being carried out, in collaboration with the federal government, to save crops from locust swarms.He also directed the line departments to remain vigilant round-the-clock and every possible step be taken to stop the usual spread of locusts.
The CM was chairing a meeting at his office on Friday to review anti-locust steps being taken in the province.
Addressing the meeting, he announced to reserve his helicopter for locust surveillance in affected districts and issued necessary directions to the Agriculture Department and PDMA in this regard.
The CM ordered that steps be continued to deal with any possible locust attack in the months of June and July.
I have reviewed the field situation during my visits to Rajanpur and Bhakkar districts. More than three lakh acres have been sprayed and locusts’ monitoring is in process in 17 affected districts.
He directed that damages of locust attack be assessed and citizens, especially the farmers, be kept informed about the governmental steps. He further directed that daily locust surveillance report be submitted to his office and experiences be shared with other provinces.
The chief secretary, SMBR, secretaries of information and agriculture departments, PDMA DG and others attended the meeting.
The CM has said that Dr Sana Fatima, who lost her life due to coronavirus, has set an example of bravery and sacrifice. She is the pride of the medical profession and nation salutes her. He also extended sympathies to the bereaved family adding that doctors and paramedics are working on the frontline to overcome the coronavirus.
Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of Punjab Quran Board Chairman Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Sialvi. In a condolence message, the CM has extended sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
He also expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the loss of lives in a road accident near KhairpurTamiwali in Bahawalpur. He has sought a report from the administration and directed to provide best medical facilities to the injured. He has also extended sympathies to the bereaved heirs.
The CM expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of the mother of Chairman PEMRA Saleem Baig. In a condolence message, the CM has extended sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
The Punjab CM has telephonically inquired after the health of provincial ministers Akhtar Malik and Raja Rashid Hafeez and prayed to Allah Almighty for their early recovery from coronavirus. The ministers have thanked the chief minister for inquiring after their health.

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