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India and Pakistan brace for worst locust attack in 27 years

India and Pakistan brace for worst locust attack in 27 years

NEW DELHI -- In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, India and Pakistan are battling another crisis -- their worst locust attack in nearly three decades.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted in a Sunday radio address that many parts of the country have been affected by locust attacks, adding that efforts are on to help farmers and reduce crop losses by using modern techniques to tackle the crisis.

India treated 311,199 hectares (3,112 sq.

Narendra Singh Tomar, India's minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, last week reviewed the country's locust control operations during a high-level meeting.

Usually the locust swarms enter India through Pakistan for summer breeding in June or July with the advent of the monsoon.

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