Radio Erena: 05 March 2015
The Desert Locust situation remained serious along the Red Sea coast in Sudan and Eritrea during February where control operations were carried out against numerous hopper bands, adult groups and swarms. Smaller scale operations were undertaken in Saudi Arabia.
Locusts that escape detection or control will form adult groups and small swarms that are likely to move to the Eritrean Highlands and the interior of northern Sudan and Saudi Arabia.
If locusts reach the interior of Saudi Arabia and the Nile Valley in northern Sudan, breeding could commence by April.
Elsewhere, ecological conditions improved in the spring breeding areas of Northwest Africa and Southwest Asia where small-scale breeding is likely.
Sporadic locust outbreaks in Eritrea are reported to inflict some harm on farming.