Wed, 08 Jul 2020

TASHKENT, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan is stepping up measures against locust swarms across the country together with Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said Thursday.

Cooperation with neighboring countries in fighting against the locusts is an important measure taken by the Uzbek government, the ministry said, adding that more than 500 pieces of special equipment and 700 workers are involved in this nationwide action.

Locust in Uzbekistan have covered 327,400 hectares of land, of which 309,600 hectares have already been sprayed with chemicals, according to the ministry.

Uzbekistan's Agricultural Ministry said earlier that locust swarms are expected to cover 597,900 hectares across the country.

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