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UK locust sprayers arrive in Pakistan to help tackle crises

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 23, 2020
20 micro sprayers from the UK have now arrived in Pakistan and will help immediately to tackle the devastating desert locust swarms.
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They are the first 20 of 50 sprayers as part of a UK aid package of £1m to support the Government of Pakistan tackle to outbreak, which has been declared a national emergency.

Topics: Locust Pakistan

UK funding will ensure:

- 50 sprayers (20 of which have arrived) to be sent to control locusts and help to ensure food security;

- 1,300 PPE kits help ensure surveillance and control operations can continue safely through the coronavirus pandemic;

- 18,000 vulnerable farmers are helped;

The sprayers are from UK-based company, Micron Sprayers Ltd. It has over 50 years of industry experience, and its products are used in over a hundred countries across the globe.

Underlining the close trading relationship between the UK and Pakistan, Micron Sprayers Ltd is also working on a separate agreement to supply 83 sprayers to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Pakistan. This agreement is not funded by UK aid.

UK aid has given £1 million to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to tackle swarms of locusts up until 30 September 2020, as part of help support food security in Pakistan.