Following the first rains, pastures have started to grow in the south and south-west of Hodh El Gharbi. Treatments against grain eating birds have been undertaken in Gorgol and Trarza. No Desert Locust activity has been reported. However, numbers will increase in the summer breeding areas of the south and centre. Laying on a small scale is expected to occur with the onset of the seasonal rains and scattered solitary hoppers may appear.