1236 GMT July 10, 2020
According to a press release published by the FAO office in Iran, this delivery includes 25 vehicle-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers worth around $125,000, reported fao.org.
Iran is now experiencing the worst desert locust outbreak in the last 50 years.
The latest tracking data shows that seven out of 31 provinces of the country have been invaded by this pest so far and the new projection implies that this number might be increased to 10.
Although, last year Iran managed to conduct pesticide spraying operations in more than 700,000 ha of its rangelands, this year, as the infestation has occurred in a larger scale, the country needs to expand the control operation and treat at least one million hectares of surface area.
In this regard, FAO has financed a $500,000 emergency Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) project to further enhance Iran’s national technical capacity for early warning, monitoring and management of desert locusts.
In the framework of this project, FAO assists the Plant Protection Organization of the Ministry of Agricultural Jihad with increasing its technical capacity through training workshops and learning programs for 320 pest and agriculture officers in the locust affected provinces of the country.
This project also provides the country with additional handheld and knapsack sprayers, Personal Protective Equipment, chemicals (pesticides), and data management and communications software and hardware equipment.
FAO, being the UN specialized agency dedicated to increasing food and agricultural development, has implanted similar projects in other affected countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and East African nations, all aimed to support its member states in managing the threat posed by the desert locust.