FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 09/99 - NIGERIA (9 September)

NIGERIA (9 September)

Crops are developing satisfactorily but a late start to the rainy season might constrain production. Rains started about one month later than usual in the northern areas hampering development of millet and sorghum. From May to June, cumulative rainfall was below normal. Rains resumed gradually in late June and remained satisfactory and above normal up to the end of August, allowing partial recovery in crop condition. Heavy rains caused the Zobe Dam in the northern state of Katsina to overflow, resulting in heavy crop losses.

The overall food supply situation is satisfactory. The cereal import requirement for 1999 is estimated at 1.25 million tonnes, including 1.05 million tonnes of wheat and 150 000 tonnes of rice.

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