After making ventilators locally, the National Radio Telecommunication Corporation or NRTC announced earlier this week that they had built a drone to deal with locust swarms. According to the engineers, the drone was designed to help farmers control locust groups that affect their crops. Drones are going to be used to spray pesticides and insecticides on farms.
These drones are available in the market at low prices. Last month, Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry advised Pakistani engineers to build drones against locust swarms. Prime Minister Imran Khan was also briefed on the work being done by NRTC on the production of locally made drones created against locusts.
To date, more than 2.4 million acres of land have been sprayed with pesticides and insecticides to control infections. The operation has so far taken place in 41 districts of Pakistan, and a total of 972 teams are actively involved in the campaign to save the country from locust attacks.
A total of 60 districts were affected by the locust attack in four provinces of the country. These insects originate in the desert and travel at speeds of up to 93.2 miles per day, eating anything from seeds to seeds and flowers. According to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), 38 percent of Pakistan’s farms are pest breeding grounds.