Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (etop) situation bulletin for December 2020 with a forecast through mid-February 2021.
The Desert Locust (Schistoseca gregaria - SGR1): SGR continued further developing and spreading in the central outbreak region (COR) where numerous hoppers and swarms were forming in northern and centra Somalia and spread to southeastern Ethiopia and reached northern Kenya from the 3rd dekad of December. Swarms were further spreading to southwestern Ethiopia, northeastern Kenya, and some were detected on the coastal areas in Lamu Kenya. Breeding and swarm formations continued during December on the Red Sea coastal areas in Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia. During this month, control operations treated close to 336,070 ha, mostly in greater eastern Africa (210,673 ha in Ethiopia, 39,101 ha in Somalia, 18,873 ha in Sudan, 1,336 in Kenya and 1,780 ha in Eritrea) and Saudi Arabia (61,075 ha). In the western outbreak region (WOR), largely remained calm and only some 3,000 ha were treated in Mauritania, Niger and Algeria during December. The eastern outbreak region (EOR) remained calm and only some adult groups were reported in southwest coast of Iran.