Pakistan-China Second Science Workshop on "Use of New Technology in Locust Control" held online on 20 August 2020

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Release Date:20/08/2020

Locusts and grasshoppers are major economic pests in China and are controlled through the preventive management system using environmental friendly technologies. Moreover their invasion is monitored using remote sensing technology to minimize the potential cop damage. Therefore, PASTIC/PSF in collaboration with Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU), China initiated a series of online workshops to provide an exchange platform for China-Pakistan Agricultural cooperation, and to promote China-Pakistan science and technology exchanges. The second workshop of this series titled “Use of New Technology in Locust Control” was successfully held on 20 August, 2020 at 10:00-14:00 hrs (Pakistan Time) over zoom platform. It was supported by China Association for Science & Technology (CAST), Pakistan Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST), Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Beijing, and was co-organized by China Centre for International Science and Technology Exchange (CISTE) and Beijing Association for Science & Technology (BAST). The main objective of this workshop to provide intellectual support for Pakistani expert to deal with the locust disaster.

More than 100 Pakistani Science & Technology professionals across the country participated in this online training. The Opening Ceremony was presided over by Di Yuna, Dean of the Department of International Business Management of the School of International Economics and Management. Prof. Zheng Wenhong, Vice President of BTBU, Prof. Muhammad Akram Shaikh, Director General of PASTIC, Prof. Muhammad Ashraf, Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture Faisalabad, and Gu Wenliang, Agricultural Commissioner of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, delivered speeches successively.

Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh, Director General PASTIC said that through this bilateral cooperation between Pakistan-China, capacity of our scientific and technological workforce will be strengthened to combat war against locust plague. Prof. Dr. HUANG Wenjiang (Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Prof. Dr. TU Xiongbing (Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences) were the resource persons of the training workshop.

Latest strategies for locust monitoring using GIS and Remote sensing used were discussed by Prof. Dr. HUANG Wenjiang in his lecture on Pest and disease monitoring and forecasting by Remote sensing and GIS at global, national and regional scales. Dr. TU Xiongbing in his lecture on Biological characteristics and sustainable management of desert locust presented detailed life cycle of the desert locust alongwith its potential migratory routes. Different environmental friendly strategies and techniques against desert locust especially plant based insecticides (sophocarpidine and azadirachtin) and the naturally occurring fungus (Metarhizium and Microsporidian) were mentioned.


The participants from Pakistan expressed thanks to the Chinese expert for their wonderful lectures and active discussion about the content of the lectures. The third training from this series will be held on 27th August on "Science and Technology Information Management and Science and Technology Report Publication".

The participants from Pakistan
expressed thanks to the Chinese expert for their wonderful lectures and active discussion
about the content of the lectures. The third training from this series will be held
on 27th August on

Prof. Dr. HUANG Wenjiang (Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences) delivering his lecture on Pest and disease monitoring and forecasting by Remote sensing and GIS at global, national and regional scales

Caption: Prof. Dr. HUANG Wenjiang (Aerospace Information Research
Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences) delivering his lecture on Pest and
disease monitoring and forecasting by Remote sensing and GIS at global, national
and regional scales

Prof. Dr. TU Xiongbing(Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences) delivering his lecture on Biological characteristics and sustainable management of desert locust

Prof. Dr. TU Xiongbing(Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese
Academy of Agricultural Sciences) delivering his lecture on Biological characteristics
and sustainable management of desert locust

Prof. Dr Muhammad Akram Shaikh DG PASTIC delivering his speech in the opening ceremony.

Caption: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh (Director General PASTIC),
Mr. Saifullah Azim (Principal System Analyst), Dr. Maryum Ibrar (Senior scientific
Information Officer) and Dr. Saima Huma Tanveer (Additional Director, STI) attending
the online workshop (left to right).

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh (Director General PASTIC), Mr. Saifullah Azim (Principal System Analyst), Dr. Maryum Ibrar (Senior scientific Information Officer) and Dr. Saima Huma Tanveer (Additional Director, STI) attending the online workshop (left to right).