Ethiopia | Desert locust situation report (November 2021)

Ethiopia | Desert locust situation report (November 2021)
Nov 2021

Key messages:

  • The desert locust (DL) upsurge continues in the Horn of Africa but at a much-reduced level compared to one year ago.
  • In early November, a few mature swarms that arrived in northeast Kenya crossed back into southern Ethiopia. Some of the swarms laid eggs southwest of Dolo in Liben Zone while other swarms concentrated further west in southern areas of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) and Oromia.
  • Despite below-average rains, limited breeding is likely to be underway in the above areas with hatching and small band formation expected in December.
  • Since the beginning of November, extensive aerial survey has been carried out in Somali, southern Oromia and SNNP regions, covering over 5 072 km2. The presence of DL was confirmed only on 31 km2. Control operations treated 2 126 ha.
  • In Somalia, ground and aerial control operations continue in the northeast against hopper bands. Any hoppers that are missed will form new swarms about mid-December that will move south through the Somali region to southern Oromia, SNNPR, and northern Kenya. The scale of this new invasion is expected to be limited and much less than last year.
  • Survey in southern Oromia, SNNP and southeast Somalia region need to be increased in order to locate current breeding areas for possible hopper band control during December.


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