Harvest prospects are mixed in the Sudanian zone but unfavourable in the Sahelian zone. Following generally above average rains in July, precipitation decreased significantly in the Sahelian zone in August. It improved in early September except in the east of the Sahelian zone and remained widespread but low during the second dekad, moving southwards during the third dekad and in early October. Coarse grain crops are generally growing satisfactorily in the Sudanian zone. By contrast, in the Sahelian zone, millet and sorghum suffered water stress and harvest prospects are not favourable.
Pastures are starting to dry up in the Sahelian zone. Grasshopper attacks have been reported in several regions. Grain eating birds caused some damage to millet and maize in Guéra prefecture. No Desert Locust activity is reported, while some Migratory Locusts have been reported in Ati area along the Batha river.
A joint FAO/CILSS Crop Assessment Mission is scheduled from 19 to 27 October to estimate the 2000 cereal production.
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.