Desert Locust: Iranian envoy stresses regional cooperation needed

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Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran says Iran and Pakistan will enhance bilateral cooperation to tackle the situation

ISLAMABAD, MAY 5 (DNA)- Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan has made comments on the attack of Desert Locust and the need to regional cooperation.

He said, emergence of new challenges like virus originated global pandemics, climate change; pollutions and infest of locusts require timely and collective response, infest of locusts from different sides threatens food supply for millions of people in Iran and Pakistan.

The ambassador further said, this year, the unusually warm and wet winter allowed an extra generation of breeding, meaning that the Desert Locust infestations will be much larger than normal and poses a major risk for the region.

It is predicted that the locust swarm Iran and Pakistan is the worst Desert Locust outbreak in the last 50 years

In this regard, two countries need more and early cooperation to prevent this disaster.

The best way of preventing such horrible attack, that can damage thousands of hectors of agricultural lands, is early warning, spreading pesticides and countering them before breeding.

He added, Iran and Pakistan will enhance cooperation with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and benefit from its experiences. In the fight against the Desert Locust, the Plant Protection Organization (PPO) of Iran has been reporting the situation to FAO on a regular basis.

Iran and Pakistan will enhance bilateral cooperation to tackle the situation. Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Iran and Pakistan are cooperating closely to enhance the connection between the related focal points.

Iran and Pakistan have proved during the history that they can overcome their common difficulties with joint efforts.

Ambassador noted with concern that crippling sanctions against Iran have drastically reduced resources that were supposed to be allocated to desert locust problem.

If Iran won’t be able to control the pests, our brotherly neighbor of Pakistan will also be damaged. So, the subject of sanctions and its consequences is not just for Iran and needs raising our voice against the sanctions.