Plantings are well underway except in the east, which is still dry.
Following first early rains in the south and the south-west in April, precipitation
progressed in May over the main producing areas, except in the east. In
June, rains remained present over the western part of the country but decreased
in the centre. In the east, dry conditions still prevail. Plantings of
millet and sorghum are now well underway. More than two thirds of the villages
have planted as of late June, which is less than last year. Millet is emerging/tillering.
Sorghum is emerging.
Pastures are starting to regenerate. Grasshopper infestations have been
reported in Dosso, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillaberry and Zinder departments. Treatments
are underway. Low numbers of solitary Desert Locust adults may be present
in a few places of Tamesna and are expected to lay eggs with the onset
of the summer rains. Surveys have started in Aïr and Tamesna.