Ethiopia | Desert locust situation report (28 February 2021)

 Ethiopia | Desert locust situation report (28 February 2021)
Feb 2021

Key messages:

  • In the past two weeks, light to moderate rains fell in southern Ethiopia that could be sufficient to allow the swarms present in the country to mature and eventually lay eggs, which would give rise to another generation of breeding.
  • However, the scale of spring breeding is expected to be limited because of ongoing control operations that continue to reduce the number of swarms and the likelihood of poor spring rains starting next month.
  • Immature desert locust (DL) swarms persist mainly in southern SNNP (South Omo, Hammer) and east of the Rift Valley in Oromia (Bale, Borema, Arsi, Guji). As little rain has fallen in these areas, most of the swarms are expected to remain immature until more rainfall occurs to allow them to mature and lay eggs.
  • Although the operations had significantly reduced the upsurge, Ethiopia is experiencing a new wave of DL due to favorable breeding conditions and cross- border movements.


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