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Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
Moroccan Locust (DMA), Tajikistan 2008 ©FAO/A. Monard

In August 2020, Italian and Asian Migratory Locusts (CIT and LMI) finished mating and egg-laying and started to die-off in most countries and generally, the situation was calm. In five countries – Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – anti-locust treatments had finished in July. In the other five countries, campaign continued. About 10 000 ha were treated in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Federation each; additionally, small areas were treated in Azerbaijan and Armenia, which brought the area treated in August to 30 794 ha and the total area of anti-locust treatments during 2020 campaign to just under two million hectares, which is close to 2019 level but slightly lower than the forecast for 2020. In general, COVID-19 pandemics created difficulties in implementing locust monitoring and control activities in CCA.

Regional monthly bulletins on locusts

General situation during August 2020 Forecast for September 2020
Italian and Asian Migratory Locusts (CIT and LMI) finished mating and egg-laying and started to die-off in most countries and generally, the situation was calm. In five countries – Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – anti-locust treatments had finished in July. In the other five countries, campaign continued. About...
General situation during July 2020 Forecast for August 2020
Moroccan Locust (DMA) completed its natural cycle in all countries. Italian and Asian Migratory Locusts (CIT and LMI) were mating and egg-laying in most countries. Generally, the situation became calm. Control campaigns were winding down, except for Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Uzbekistan where treatments continued against CIT and LMI,...
General situation during June 2020 Forecast for July 2020
Favored by hot and dry weather, Moroccan Locust (DMA) hopper development accelerated in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation and mating and egg-laying took place in the second half of the month. DMA mating and egg-laying gradually subsided by the end of June in most Central Asia (CA) countries. In some CA...
General situation during May 2020 Forecast for June 2020
Moroccan Locust (DMA) hopper development continued in Azerbaijan and Georgia and finished in most Central Asia (CA) countries followed by fledging, mating and egg-laying. In many countries, particularly in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, anti-locust campaign was seriously hampered by COVID-19, and some DMA infestations were not treated in time. As a...
General Situation during April 2020 Forecast for May 2020
Moroccan Locust (DMA) hopper development was in progress in Central Asia (CA) and in Azerbaijan. In Uzbekistan, dense hopper bands formed in the south. Italian Locust (CIT) hatching started in Uzbekistan. During the forecast period, DMA hatching will start in Russian Federation and fledging and mating will occur in the...
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