In a positive development, Pakistan and India come together to fight the common enemy

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In a positive development, Pakistan and India come together to fight the common enemy

NEW DELHI - In a positive development, Pakistan and India come together to fight the common enemy.

Pakistan and India have held five meetings in past few months, unblemished by the public differences, in a bid to deal with a common enemy – the deadly desert locust, *The Times of India* reported link on Sunday.

The coordination will continue as a locust attack of greater magnitude is forecast from June 2020 onwards, in comparison to that observed in 2019, when farmers of certain districts of Rajasthan and Gujrat confronted severe damage to their crops, the publication claimed.

“It is also predicted that invasion could occur in scheduled desert area of India in June 2020 with advent of monsoon by spring-bred swarms from southeast Iran, southwest Pakistan and the Horn of Africa that may be of a greater magnitude than last year,” the publication added.

The short-horned grasshopper targetted both India and Pakistan, attacking the standing winter *(rabi)* crop before being finally controlled by January.

Five meetings between the two countries were held at Munabao in India and Khokhrapar in Pakistan during June-December last year to exchange information on tackling the menace.

Though Pakistan had to declare a ‘national emergency’ due to the locusts, *TOI* said India could minimise the damage by successfully checking breeding and forward movement of the locust.

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