Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) situation bulletin for April 2020 with a forecast through mid-June.
The Desert Locust (Schistoseca gregaria - SGR1): The SGR situation remained extremely serious in the central outbreak region (COR) during April as hopper bands and new swarms continued to form in northern and central Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Somalia posing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods of affected people. Control operations were intensified in Ethiopia and Kenya where close to 100,000 ha and more than 14,000 ha were reported treated, respectively and 600 ha were treated in Somalia during April. In Uganda, several immature and maturing swarms appeared in the northeast and controlled during April. Mature swarms were also reported in southeastern South Sudan. In the Arabian Peninsula, control operations continued against hopper bands, and/or adult groups in Saudi Arabia (29,868 ha), Iraq (815 ha), and UAE (1,320 ha), and northern Oman (4,147 ha). In eastern outbreak region (EOR), hopper groups and bands were controlled in more than 98,650 ha in southern Iran and 50,290 ha in Pakistan in April. Limited control was carried out in India (1,970 ha) and Afghanistan (20 ha) during this month. The situation in the western outbreak region (WOR) remained calm during April.