Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for July with a Forecast till Mid-September, 2014
The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm during July. Control and drying of ecological conditions caused populations to decline in the interior of Saudi Arabia. Only a few adult groups and swarms moved southwest into the Asir Mountains in Saudi and northern Yemen during the month. A swarm that reached northern Ethiopia in June was controlled and another swarm that was reported wandering in the northern highlands later split and one reached southern Eritrea. The situation remained calm along the Indo-Pakistan borders and only a few scattered adults were reported in the summer breeding areas in Pakistan.
Forecast: Limited breeding is likely in areas of recent rainfall in Sahel West Africa, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen as well as along the Indo-Pakistan borders and slightly increase locust numbers, but significant developments are not likely during the forecast period.