Desert Locust Bulletin 530 (7 December 2022)

The Desert Locust situation continued to remain calm during November. A small outbreak developed in early November where hoppers, groups, and bands were seen in an area of about 100 km by 70 km in northwestern Mauritania. Ground teams treated 2 298 ha. In Sudan, low numbers of adults were first seen in the winter breeding areas this year along the Red Sea coast where a few copulating had started. Isolated adults were else seen in coastal areas of Eritrea, southeast Egypt, and northwest Somalia. In Yemen, low numbers of adults have been on the coast since September. In the Western Region, the summer breeding area has finished. During the forecast, December and January may have slightly above-normal rainfall in the northern parts of the Red Sea coast in northern Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan while southern areas from Eritrea, southern Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and northern Somalia will be drier than normal. As a result, a single generation of small-scale breeding is likely during the winter area. In northwest Mauritania, groups of adults are likely to form in December but should decrease due to control, vegetation that dries out, and rain which is not likely to occur. No significant development is likely.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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