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Viral video: As swarms of locusts throng Karachi, Pak minister suggests people make biryani with them!

Social media was flooded with locust videos as concerned citizens took to Twitter to share live scenes of the scary pest attack, wondering why the government wasn't doing enough to control the situation.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2019 8:46:05 pm
Sindh minister of agriculture Ismail Rahu even went on to suggest citizens to prepare biryani and karahi of these insects.

People in Karachi were taken by surprise recently when swarms of locusts thronged different parts of the city. While these locusts are notorious for destroying crops, Pakistan’s central and local authorities ruled them out as a threat. Instead, authorities suggested the insects could be enjoyed as delicious snacks!

Dubbing the recent locust influx as a migration process, Sindh Minister of Agriculture Ismail Rahu told citizens to prepare biryani and karahi with these insects. According to a report by Dawn, the minister told a media briefing that citizens should not be scared of locusts as “one can cook biryani and karahi of it. Enjoy grasshoppers’ dishes and benefit oneself.”

He also said that “the people of Karachi should not worry as it is a harmless activity and has almost come to an end. A team of the Sindh agriculture department with experts is monitoring the situation and so far nothing damaging has been reported in any part of the city”.

Social media was flooded with locust videos as concerned citizens took to Twitter to share live scenes of the scary pest attack, wondering why the government wasn’t doing enough to control the situation.

Known as Tiddi Dal in Pakistan, many even started to share jokes and memes after the minister’s unusual remark.

The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match, played between Sindh and Northern at the National Stadium, was also interrupted briefly when millions of locusts descended on the stadium, Geo TV Pakistan reported.

To control the situation, the authorities ensured that fumigation was carried out in areas where the insects were seen in large numbers.

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