In September, the locust situation was calm in all Caucasian and Central Asian countries as the life cycle of the three pests was coming to an end or already completed. Italian Locust (CIT) mating and egg-laying were still observed in Armenia and ended in Kazakhstan. No control operations were carried out and no further locust development is expected this year. Egg-pod surveys will continue at least in October to assess the importance and current damage of overwintering eggs.
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).