Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pests (ETOPs) situation for December with a forecast through mid-February 2020.
The Desert Locust (Schistoseca gregaria - SGR1): SGR situation remained very serious in the central outbreak region (COR) in December and close to 92,000 ha were treated in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Oman, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia during this month. Swarms from neighboring countries were also reported invading northern Kenya during late December and control operations were launched during early January. Swarms persisted in the eastern outbreak region (EOR) where swarms and groups were detected and controlled on some 96,000 ha in summer breeding areas along the Indo-Pakistan borders as well as in spring breeding areas in southeast Iran and western Pakistan during December. The western outbreak region (WOR) remained relatively calm and only 118 ha were treated during December.