Desert Locust Bulletin 292 (January 2003) [EN/AR]

Report
from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on 03 Feb 2003

General Situation during January 2003
Forecast until mid-March 2003

The Desert Locust situation remained calm during January. Although conditions continued to be favourable in the winter breeding areas, no locusts have been reported in these places. Only isolated adults were present in Niger, southern Algeria and northern Somalia. There was an unconfirmed report of adults and hoppers in northern Mali. During the forecast period, small-scale breeding could occur along the Red Sea coasts. No significant developments are expected.

The Desert Locust situation remained calm during January. Although conditions continued to be favourable in the winter breeding areas, no locusts have been reported in these places. Only isolated adults were present in Niger, southern Algeria and northern Somalia. There was an unconfirmed report of adults and hoppers in northern Mali. During the forecast period, smallscale breeding could occur along the Red Sea coasts. No significant developments are expected.

Western Region. Low numbers of adults persisted in southern Algeria and in Niger during January where they will slowly mature in the few areas that remain green. There is a slight possibility that adults may move into southern Algeria during periods of warm southerly winds from northern Mali where there were unconfirmed reports from nomads and travelers of locust adults and hoppers. No locusts were reported elsewhere in the region and the situation is expected to remain calm during the forecast period.

Central Region. Conditions continued to remain favourable for breeding in many places along both sides of the Red Sea during January but no locusts were reported. Nevertheless, small-scale breeding could occur during the forecast period on the coasts of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Eritrea. Isolated adults were reported in northwestern Somalia where they will mature and breed if conditions remain favourable. No significant developments are expected.

Eastern Region. No locusts were reported in the region. Conditions are improving in the spring breeding areas of western Pakistan and eastern I.R. Iran where light rains fell during January. Low numbers of adults are expected to appear in the spring breeding areas during the forecast period. No significant developments are expected.