Desert Locust Bulletin 329 (February 2006) [EN/AR]

from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on 02 Mar 2006

General Situation during January 2006
Forecast until mid-April 2006

The Desert Locust situation remained calm during February. Small-scale breeding by scattered adults occurred in northwest Mauritania and locust numbers increased slightly there and in the north of the country. Scattered adults were reported in southwest Libya and similar populations may be present in parts of Western Sahara and northern Mali and Niger. Small infestations persisted on the Red Sea coast in Sudan but no other locusts were seen in winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea. Similarly, no locusts were reported in spring breeding areas in western Pakistan and eastern Iran. No significant developments are expected during the forecast period.

Western Region. There was a slight increase in solitarious locust adults in northwest and northern Mauritania during February, and localized breeding was reported at one location near Nouadhibou. If ecological conditions remain favourable and as temperatures increase during the forecast period, additional breeding could occur and cause locust numbers to increase slightly. Isolated adults may be present in adjacent areas of Western Sahara. Similar populations may also be present in a few places in northern Mali and Niger where surveys were not carried out in February. Scattered adults were present at one location in southwest Libya. No locusts were seen during surveys in Morocco and Algeria.

Central Region. In the winter breeding areas, only scattered adults were reported in the Tokar Delta and adjacent coastal areas in Sudan. Smaller populations were present on the northwest coast of northern Somalia and near Lake Nasser in Egypt. No significant developments are expected during the forecast period.

Eastern Region. No locusts were reported in the region although there is a slight possibility that scattered adults are present in parts of Baluchistan in western Pakistan. If ecological conditions are favourable, small-scale breeding could occur in a few places during the spring.