Kabul Hosts Annual Regional Locust Conference

KABUL, December 15 (Quqnoos): Kabul hosted an annual regional locust control conference with delegates flying in from India, Iran and Pakistan to discuss new methods of controlling the agricultural pest.

While Afghanistan has no locust problem at the moment, officials believe it is important to keep an eye on current methods. The Morrocan Locust has been located in certain parts of Afghanistan, a development which is causing concern to officials.

"Since we share borders with Pakistan and Iran, it is possible that we could one day share their problems. Therefore we must learn the new methods our neighbours are deploying," said Deputy Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Mustafa Jawad.

An Iranian delegate labelled the locust problem "global" while Pakistan's representative urged co-operation saying: "locusts can move from place to place easily."