Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for December 2013 with a Forecast till mid-February, 2014
The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation continued developing in Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Sudan, in December. Aerial and ground operations treated close to 80,000 ha during this month.
In Eritrea, 38,000 ha were treated by air and ground means. In Yemen, ground operations treated hoppers, adult groups and swarms on more than 24,099 ha during this period. In Sudan, ground and aerial operations controlled locusts on some 5,900 ha on the southern coast between Tokar Delta and the Eritrea border and the sub-coastal areas of the northeast and Saudi Arabia controlled mature and immature locusts on 10,990 ha during this month. Solitary hoppers and adult locusts were reported in northeastern Somalia where unusually heavy tropical cyclonic rains occurred in November.
In Mauritania, aggressive control interventions (50,555 ha treated since October 5th) coupled with unfavorable ecological conditions reduced locust outbreaks. Hopper groups and adults were detected in the Tenere Desert and solitary adults persisted in Tamesna in Niger and solitary maturing adults were reported in southern Morocco. The situation in northern Mali remained unclear due to absence of surveys. No locusts were reported in other countries in Sahel West Africa, North Africa, and the Red Sea region, the Horn or East Africa and Southwest Asia during this period.