Emergency transboundary outbreak pest (ETOP) situation bulletin for October 2020 with a forecast through mid-December.
The Desert Locust (Schistoseca gregaria - SGR1): The SGR situation continued being worrisome in the central outbreak region (COR) where numerous swarms were reported causing damage to crop and pasture in northeast Ethiopia during October. In Somalia, swarms moved from the northeast to the Ogaden and the central part of the country. Egg laying, hatching and hopper and band formations increased in eastern Sudan and the Red Sea coast. Hoppers and hopper bands also continued developing in the Red Sea coasts in Eritrea Red Sea, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Control operations treated more than 438,170 ha in the Horn of Africa, mostly in Ethiopia where close to 335,450 ha treated during this month, and the Red Sea coasts of Eritrea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Remnant maturing swarms were controlled on 318 ha in northwest Kenya during October. The situation improved in the eastern outbreak region (EOR) and adults were controlled on 220 ha in Pakistan and 40 ha in southeast Iran. No locusts were reported in India during this month. The situation remained generally calm in WOR and only insignificant breeding occurred in Mauritania, Niger, Chad, and Algeria.