First rains permitted plantings to start in several areas. The first rains were registered in the south and the south-west in mid to late April. They became more widespread and abundant in late May. In early June, they covered the western part of the country. In the east, seasonably dry conditions prevail. Plantings of millet and sorghum have started in late May and are now well underway. They have been done in about one third of the villages, but mainly in Dosso and Niamey departments where crops are now emerging. Plantings have not yet started in Agadez and Diffa departments.
Pastures are dry. Low numbers of solitary Desert Locust adults may be present in a few places of Tamesna and lay eggs with the onset of the summer rains.