Regular and abundant rains in July benefited crop development. Abundant rains were registered in early July in the south west. They remained regular and above normal during the second dekad of July. Precipitation became widespread and abundant in the south and the centre during the last dekad. Cumulative rainfall as of late July exceeds the 2000 levels. Planted areas of coarse grains are higher than last year. Crops are developing satisfactorily in all agricultural zones. Millet and sorghum crops are in the tillering/elongation stages. Irrigated rice is now being transplanted in the Office du Niger zone, while planting of rice is in progress in the Office Mopti and Ségou irrigated areas. Soil moisture reserves are adequate.
Pastures are generally good. No significant pest infestation is reported. Desert
Locust numbers are expected to gradually increase in the Adrar des Iforas where
scattered adults are likely to be present and breeding in areas of recent rainfall.
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.