This pesticide has been supplied to Iran as humanitarian assistance

To fight the menace of locust in Iran, India has supplied the second batch of 20,000 litres of Malathion pesticide to Tehran under a government-to-government locust control programme.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, the consignment reached Chabahar Port and was handed over to the Plant Protection Organization, Government of Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday.

It would be recalled that India had approached Iran and Pakistan for a coordinated regional response to the threat to approaching swarms of desert locusts. It was in this context that Iran had requested the supply of pesticides. There was no response from Pakistan.

India had supplied the first tranche of 20,000 litres of Malathion to Iran in June 2020.