The locust situation was calm in Caucasian and Central Asian (CCA) countries as remaining adults progressively disappeared with the exception of Armenia, where Italian Locust (CIT) mating was still observed. No control operations were carried out and no further locust development is expected this year.
RECENT TRENDS (from 2006)
Over the past five years, an important trend in the five Central Asian countries is the increase of locust infested areas: they went up from 2,5 million ha in 2006 to 3.9 million ha in 2011, thus representing an increase of 54%, after a peak reaching 4,6 million ha in 2010. Similar trends exist in the adjacent countries, i.e. Afghanistan and the Russian Federation, as well as in Azerbaijan.
The below tables present the surveyed, infested and treated areas (in hectares) from 2005 to 2011 in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and CCA adjacent areas (Afghanistan and Russian Federation).
1. Surveyed areas (ha)
2. Infested areas (ha)
3. Treated areas (ha)
Sources: Filled-in questionnaires sent back by countries in 2008-09 and information collected during the Regional Consultation on Locust Management in CCA (Kazakhstan in October 2009) and the two Technical Workshops on Locusts in CCA (Tajikistan, October 2010, and Georgia, October 2011).