Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
The Technical Workshop on Locusts in CCA gathers in Bishkek the Caucasus and Central Asian...
Based on a request from the Agency for Quarantine and Plant Protection (AQPP), Uzbekistan, the...
Three experts of the State Entity “Locust Control Expedition”, Ministry of Agriculture, Tajikistan, visited the...
The book entitled “Moroccan Locust Dociostaurus maroccanus (Thunberg, 1815): morphology, distribution, ecology, population management” is...
The next Technical Workshop on Locusts in CCA, scheduled in November 2023 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,...

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 August 2023 Forecast for September 2023
While the locust campaign is approaching the end, the situation was still classified as caution for Moroccan (DMA), Italian (CIT) and Asian Migratory Locusts (LMI) in the Russian Federation, for LMI in...

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