The rainy season started with generally above normal rains but precipitation reduced significantly in early June. First rains were registered in April in the south-west and the south-east. They progressed northwards in May over almost the entire country and were generally above normal except during the third dekad. In early June, precipitation decreased significantly over the entire country and weather remained dry in the centre and the north. Planting of millet and sorghum is now well underway. Land preparation is underway in the north. Crops are emerging satisfactorily in the south and the west. However, improved rains are needed during the second dekad of June to avoid crop failure.
No pest activity is reported. Seed availability is generally adequate following
the 1998 record harvest.