Emergency locust project to be set up with World Bank assistance

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Emergency locust project to be set up with World Bank assistance

ISLAMABAD-The federal government is gearing up to launch a World Bank-funded locust emergency and food security project in the country amid claims by a federal minister that the catastrophic impact of locust attacks on crops has been minimised with the help of local authorities.

The $200 million project, the first federal agricultural project to be financed by the WB, had been submitted for approval by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) of the Planning Commission for its upcoming meeting.

The Locust Emergency and Food Security (LEAFS) project would carry out its activities in 18 districts: nine in Balochistan, four in Punjab, four in Sindh and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.