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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for December with a Forecast till mid-February, 2012

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The desert locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in December. Only low numbers of adults and hoppers were reported in coastal areas in Sudan, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. In the western region where ecological conditions remained dry locust numbers generally declined except in a few places in northwest Mauritania, northern Mali and southern Algeria where patches of green vegetation persisted. Small-scale breeding was in progress in parts of the Air Mountains in Niger where good rains fell. A few isolated adults were seen near Pasni in western Pakistan. Other countries remained calm during this period (DDLC/Libya, DLCO-EA, DPPQS/India, FAO-DLIS, PPD/Sudan).