Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
Over 19 000 hectares were jointly surveyed in border areas, from 27 May to 01...
On 7 June, agriculture ministers from the five Central Asian countries came together at a...
From 13 to 18 May 2024, twelve experts, six from the Plant Protection Service, Ministry...
On 14 May 2024, the side-event organized in FAO-Headquarter, immediately before the start of the...
A locust cross-border survey was held between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan from 23 to 27 April...

Locusts and grasshoppers are serious threats for agriculture in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA). Three locust pests, the Italian (CIT), the Moroccan (DMA) and the Migratory (LMI) locusts, jeopardize food security and livelihoods in both regions as well as in adjacent areas of northern Afghanistan and southern Russian Federation. Over 25 million hectares of cultivated areas are potentially at risk.

Locusts have a high capacity to multiply, form groups, migrate over relatively large distances (they can fly up to 100 km per day) and settle and breed in various habitats. These capacities enhance their pest status at regional level. Locust are becoming even more dangerous in the context of exceptional weather events associated with climate change, due to their very high capacity to take advantage of new situations; as an indicator, the locust situation has deteriorated with recurrent droughts since the beginning of the 21st century.

Current Locust Situation

General situation during April 2024 Forecast for May 2024
Moroccan Locust (DMA) hatching and hopper development was in progress in all Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) countries. Italian Locust (CIT) hatching had been recorded only in southern Kazakhstan at the end of April....

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