The growing season is now well established in the agricultural zones. Following first rains in late March and mid-April in the extreme south, the rainy season actually started in mid-May in the south, in the Sudanian zone. Precipitation progressed northwards in the Sahelian zone in June, notably during the second dekad. They reduced somewhat during the third dekad but improved significantly during the first dekad of July. Planting of coarse grains is now underway in the Sahelian zone. Recently planted millet and sorghum are generally growing satisfactorily in the Sudanian zone.
Pastures are regenerating. Grasshopper attacks have been reported in Mayo-Kebbi
but there is no significant damage to crops. Grain-eating birds and rodents
caused some damage to maize sowings in irrigated areas of Bol in Lac region.
No Desert Locusts activity is reported.
Page with graphics of the evolution of Cold Cloud Duration average values over various zones of the country and compared to 1989-1995 average values.