Desert Locust up date 04 April, 2020

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Leaving aside the Desrt Locust developments which have occured between October, 2019 and January, 2020, the current situation in Kenya, southern, easternand southwestern Ethiopia and Somalia still remains alarming to our region.

Eventhough intensive ground and aerial control operations are progressing in may locations in Kenya and Ethiopia on immatureswarms and hopper bands, the first generation of hoppers which hatched in these countriesby mid-to end -of February, 2020 have currently reached maturirity and have started coplulating and laying eggs. Consquently, it is expected that if these emerging second generation of immature swarms will develop and start flying out from the current breeding locations. As a result of seasonal wind directions and the start of the rain season in the north, it is focasted that by June and July, 2020many immature swarms will start migrating to north reaching the highlands and western lowlands of Eritrea and Summer breeding areas of Sudan.