Agricultural activities have been hampered by recent civil disturbances. Fighting, which started in Bissau on 7 June, spread to other areas and continued up to 26 July, date of the signature of a cease-fire, which is reported to have been respected. Insecurity is likely to have impeded normal agricultural activities at the critical planting period. Satellite imagery indicates that rains remained widespread over the country in July although below average during the first and the third dekad. They increased in early August.
The cease-fire should facilitate the resumption of normal activities in the fields. However, areas planted are likely to be reduced following insecurity at planting period and shortages of seeds, which may have been eaten during the last two months. Transplanting of rice should start after desalination of swamp rice fields (see further details in box on page 2).