[dehai-news] (FAO) FAO Desert Locust Bulletin No. 364 - 02 Feb 2009

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Tue Feb 03 2009 - 04:24:20 EST

FAO Desert Locust Bulletin No. 364 - 02 Feb 2009

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Date: 02 Feb 2009
General Situation during January 2009
Forecast until mid-March 2009
The Desert Locust situation remained calm during January. Limited ground
control operations continued in northwest Mauritania against hoppers and
a few small groups of adults. Only low numbers of locusts were present
in the winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea.
Small-scale breeding occurred in Eritrea and, to a lesser extent, on the
coast in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Scattered adults were present on
the coast in northwest Somalia and a few adults were seen in southern
Egypt. No locusts were reported elsewhere in the recession area. During
the forecast period, locusts will persist in the abovementioned areas
and continue to breed on a small scale as long as ecological conditions
remain favourable.
Western Region. Ground control operations continued in Mauritania
against residual populations of solitarious hoppers and adults east of
Nouakchott, treating more than 600 ha during January. Although adult
densities increased slightly and a few groups of transiens adults
formed, the situation remained under control. Limited breeding occurred
in adjacent areas and only isolated adults were seen in the north. No
locusts were seen during surveys carried out in Morocco, Algeria and
Libya or were reported in other countries in the region. Residual
populations will persist during the forecast period in northwest
Mauritania and small-scale breeding could occur in parts of northern
Mauritania, Western Sahara and central Algeria as temperatures warm up.
Central Region. Small-scale breeding occurred during January along both
sides of the Red Sea in Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen and Saudi Arabia but
solitarious hopper and adult numbers remained low. The potential for
breeding was greatest in Eritrea where large areas of green vegetation
were present on the northern coastal plains. Limited breeding may also
be in progress on the Gulf of Aden coast in northwest Somalia where
locust numbers increased slightly in January. During the forecast
period, limited hatching will occur in the winter breeding areas in
February with fl edging by the end of March. Elsewhere, isolated adults
were seen on a farm in southern Egypt.


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