LAHORE: Urgent measures are being taken to protect crops from locusts in the province and field officers and their teams would have to perform their duties diligently as per the given SOPs.

Provincial Minister for Industries Mian Aslam Iqbal said this while presiding over a high-level meeting along with Chief Secretary Punjab Jawwad Rafique Malik at CS Office.

The Chief Secretary directed the administrative officers to submit the report on locusts' situation in districts within two days so that relief could be provided in the affected areas on the basis of data. The meeting finalized the mechanism for obtaining advance information about the locusts and decided to set up committees at the village level. Each committee would consist of a lambardar of the village concerned, three representatives of the farmers, one representative each of the local administration and agriculture department, who would inform the relevant authorities about the latest situation of locusts in their area.

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