Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia
With the objective to promote pesticide risk reduction, the Agency of Plant Protection and Quarantine,...
The Locust-Pesticide Management System (Locust-PMS) Application, developed by FAO to facilitate the management of pesticides...
A cross-border survey was successfully held between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on 28 March-2 April 2022,...
A 330-pp. monograph on the Italian Locust Calliptamus italicus (Linnaeus, 1758): morphology, distribution, ecology, population...
On 16-18 February 2022, a regional Workshop on locust data collection, analysis, forecast and reporting...

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 May 2022 Forecast for June 2022
Moroccan Locust (DMA) fledging, mating and egglaying started in southern parts of Central Asia. DMA hopper development continued in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russian Federation. Italian Locust (CIT) hatching and hopper development continued...

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The Russian Federation