Government and partners continue locust operations across Sudan
The Sudan’s Plant Protection Directorate (PPD), linked to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, intensified its operations to control and prevent the any escalation of the ongoing desert locust upsurge affecting the country.
In total, more than 155,000 hectares were surveyed during July at summer breeding areas in the River Nile, White Nile, Kassala, Red Sea, Gedaref, Blue Nile, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, Sennar and Darfur states. At the least 235 hectares were treated with pesticides in the River Nile, where some hopper bands were identified. This is the current situation, according to the July 2020 Desert Locust Bulletin from PPD:
- The desert locust situation in Sudan remained at the caution risk level at summer breeding zones during July 2020.
- Ground control operations were conducted against mature and immature adults’ groups, hopper bands and hopper groups from different stages at the River Nile State.
- Low number of adults were observed in River Nile, Northern, Khartoum, White Nile, Kassala, Red Sea and Kordofan states, but no swarms have formed during July.
- As the current rainy season creates conducive conditions for breeding, the number of solitarious locust might increase in the coming weeks, especially in green areas of the Nile Valley, threatening the cropping in the region.
For more details, see the Desert Locust Bulletin at this link.