Reduced precipitation in mid and late June may have affected recently
planted crops. Following first significant rains in mid or late April,
precipitation progressed northwards and remained generally above normal
in May and early June. Rains decreased in mid-June and became well below
normal during the last dekad of June. They resumed in early July in the
Sudanian zone. Land preparation and planting of coarse grains are underway
in the Sahelian zone. Following reduced precipitation, substantial replantings
are necessary in the Sahelian zone, which may cause seed availability problems
in some areas.
Pastures have started to regenerate in the south. Surveys have been
undertaken in areas of possible African Migratory Locusts infestations.
The situation is reported to remain calm. By contrast, grasshoppers and
army worms have attacked plantings in the Sahelian zone and necessitated
replanting. Low numbers of solitary Desert Locust adults may be present
in a few places of Biltine and southern BET where they are expected to
lay eggs with the onset of the rains.
Satellite Images (Cold Cloud Duration for the last