Good cereal harvests are expected in all agricultural zones. After substantial rainfall in late July, rains decreased somewhat in early August but remained widespread and above normal. They increased significantly during the second dekad of August and became abundant during the last dekad. Flooding in lowland sorghum fields is reported in the sub-prefectures of Mangalmé, Doum-Doum and the two Logones. Cumulative rainfall as of late August was well above last year's level and average. Satellite images for the first week of September indicate that precipitation remained significant and widespread notably in the northeast and the south of the producing zones. Soil moisture reserves are plentiful and crops are developing satisfactorily. Millet and sorghum are heading/maturing in the sudanian zone while they are tillering/elongating in the sahelian zone. Crop prospects are favourable reflecting widespread and regular rains in all agricultural zones.
Pastures are regenerating well following good rains since June. Infestations
of grasshoppers are reported in several parts in the sahelian zone.
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.