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Desert Locust situation update 3 January 2017

Desert Locust infestations decline in Mauritania and Eritrea outbreaks

Desert Locust infestations declined during December in the areas affected by the recent outbreaks in Mauritania, which extended to southern Morocco, and in Eritrea due to ongoing control operations. Nevertheless, strict vigilance should be maintained as ecological conditions continue to remain favourable and another generation of breeding is likely to take place during January and February.

As temperatures increase in the coming months, hatching with the possibility of small hopper groups forming is likely in parts of northwest and northern Mauritania and adjacent areas of southern Morocco. Adult groups that are currently present will probably move back and forth between both countries.

In Eritrea, ground control operations have reduced locust infestations on the central coast and avoided crop damage. However, several adult groups moved to the northern coast and laid eggs that hatched and small hopper bands are forming. A few adult groups reached adjacent areas on the coast of Sudan where small-scale breeding is in progress and control was undertaken. Breeding is also underway in a few areas along the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Limited control operations were carried out recently in both countries.

Elsewhere, low numbers of adults are present in Algeria, northern Niger and northwest Somalia.

Previous updates

Latest Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 459, December 2016)

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Previous Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 458, November 2016)

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