Desert Locust Bulletin 439 (April 2015) [EN/AR]

Report
from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on 30 Apr 2015

General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015

The Desert Locust situation continued to improve during April. Very little rain fell throughout the recession area. Only low numbers of solitarious adults remained in a few places of the winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea in Sudan and Saudi Arabia. A few adults moved into the interior of northern Sudan. No control operations were conducted in April. Scattered adults were present in southeast Iran and isolated adults were seen in the central Sahara in Algeria. During the forecast period, small-scale breeding may occur in parts of the spring breeding areas in Northwest Africa and the interior of Saudi Arabia. Locust numbers will remain low and no significant developments are expected.

Western Region. The situation remained calm in April. Only a few isolated solitarious locusts were present north of the Hoggar Mountains in the central Sahara of Algeria. Limited breeding may occur in parts of the central Sahara in Algeria and south of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. No significant developments are expected.

Central Region. The situation improved in the region during April. Low numbers of solitarious adults remained in a few places along the coast in Sudan and Saudi Arabia and no further control operations were required. A similar situation is likely on the northern and central Red Sea coast in Eritrea. Scattered adults were seen along the Atbara River in the interior of northern Sudan that probably arrived from the Red Sea coastal winter breeding areas. No locusts were reported elsewhere in the Region. During the forecast period, small-scale breeding may occur in northern Sudan and in the interior of Saudi Arabia.

Eastern Region. The situation remained calm during April. Scattered solitarious adults were observed in a few places on the coast and in the interior of southeast Iran during the annual joint survey. No locusts were seen in adjacent areas of Baluchistan, Pakistan. Nevertheless, small-scale breeding may occur in areas of recent rainfall in northern Baluchistan. In the absence of locust populations, pre-monsoon rains that fell along both side of the Indo-Pakistan are not likely to have an impact on the current situation.