Sand flies have already attacked crops in many areas of Balochistan and Sindh. While over 7,000 cases of Leishmaniasis, caused by these flies, have been reported from Sindh, the disease is also widespread in Balochistan, though the number of cases are not known. Lack of aerial spraying raises the danger of locust swarms, which regularly devastate large areas of agricultural land in the country. "Due to the recent rains in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan, the locust population may increase massively with the warming of the weather," warns Ja'afary.
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