The locust situation remained calm in March throughout all countries of Caucasus and Central Asia due to cool weather conditions which delayed locust hatching. Therefore, no control operations were carried out so far. Moroccan Locust (DMA) hatching started in late March only in southern Uzbekistan and probably in the neighboring areas of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan; it is expected to start during April in other Central Asian countries and maybe in southern Russian Federation. In Caucasus, DMA hatching will also take place from mid-April in Azerbaijan and Georgia. Italian Locust (CIT) hatching should not start before the end of the forecast period.
RECENT TRENDS (from 2006)
The below tables present the surveyed, infested and treated areas (in hectares) from 2005 to 2014 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 annual Technical Workshops on Locusts in CCA (from 2010 to 2014).