Widespread rains over most producing areas in late August benefited crop development. Following an erratic start of the rainy season, precipitation increased in late July and progressed over the main producing areas in mid and late August. First plantings are elongating while late plantings or replantings are emerging. Pastures are generally satisfactory.
In early August, small Desert Locust swarms and groups appeared and laid over a wide area in southern Mauritania. In mid-August, bands of hoppers began to be reported and treated. During the third dekad, most infestations appeared to have shifted from south-eastern areas to the south-west between the R'Kiz and Nouakchott area where several swarms laid. In the south-west, hatching will continue to occur and numbers are likely to increase. Elsewhere, small scale breeding may be in progress. Control operations are underway.