LOCUST BULLETIN n. 48 - APRIL 2017
Due to poor weather conditions for locusts, hatching of the three locust pests was delayed everywhere as compared to 2016 and therefore the situation is still relatively calm. Nevertheless, Moroccan Locust (DMA) hopper development was in progress in Azerbaijan and in all Central Asian (CA) countries. During the forecast period, DMA hopper development will continue and fledging will start in the southern CA countries. Hatching of the Italian (CIT) and Migratory (LMI) locusts (CIT) is expected in May. So far, a bit more than 224 000 ha have been treated in five CA countries against DMA hopper bands.
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 2016).