Reduced rains in late August/early September affected crop development. Following widespread and regular rains in July, precipitation remained generally well distributed in early and mid August. However, rains decreased significantly during the last dekad of August over the western half of the agricultural zones of the country and remained limited in early September. Soil water reserves were generally sufficient but improved rains are needed to prevent water stress or crop failure. Millet and sorghum are generally in the elongation or flowering phase. They are heading in the Maradi department.
Infestations of grasshoppers are reported in various areas, notably in Diffa, Dosso, Maradi and Tahoua departments. Several thousand hectares have been treated. Treatments against grain eating birds have also been undertaken in Diffa and Tahoua departments.Scattered Desert Locusts were seen in the eastern Aïr. Small scale breeding may be in progress in the western and southern parts of the Aïr mountains and southern Tamesna where ecological conditions are favourable.
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.