BAHAWALPUR        -     Commissioner Bahawalpur division Asif Iqbal Chaudhry has said that continuous monitoring is underway in the division to stop growth and reproduction of locust.

While presiding over a meeting at Conference Room of his office on Friday, he said that Cholistan Development Authority had conducted a survey on 721,000 hectares of land in the Cholistan. 

Plant Protection Department also conducted a survey at an area of 591,000 hectares and no growth of locust was found. 

Commissioner told that an area of 20,000 hectares was sprayed with pesticides near Rahim Yar Khan in the Cholistan recently. 

He said that all the concerned departments were in liaison with each other against locust. 

Commissioner added that no signs of the locust were found in the Cholistan, however, chances of locust’s arrival from across the border were still there.