Widespread plantings have been undertaken reflecting regular rains since early July. After limited rains in late June, precipitation improved in the southeast during the first and the second dekads of July. Rains decreased significantly during the last dekad particularly in the two Hodhs and Guidimakha. In these regions, cumulative rainfall as of late July was below last year's level. By contrast, Assaba, Gorgol, Brakna and Trarza received above normal rains. Wet plantings of coarse grains are well underway in all agricultural zones. Off-season irrigated rice is being harvested in Adrar and Tagant.
Pastures are regenerating gradually in all pastoral zones. No significant pest
activity has been reported. Isolated Desert Locusts are likely to be present
in the south from Trarza to the two Hodhs. Small-scale breeding is likely to
be in progress 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.