SAHEL WEATHER AND CROP SITUATION REPORTGlobal Information and Early Warning System on food and agriculture
Report No.1 - 18 June 2002
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The rainy season started in late April or May in southern Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and the extreme south-east of Senegal; seasonably dry conditions prevail in the rest of Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia and Mauritania. The start of the rainy season is delayed in Guinea Bissau, which may seriously affect crop production as the growing season in this country usually starts in late April/early May. Satellite imagery for the first dekad of June confirms the rainfall pattern.
Land preparation and plantings are in progress following the onset of the rains. Dry planting is also underway in Mauritania. Seed availability problems are likely in Mauritania and Cape Verde following the 2001 reduced harvest and the unseasonable heavy rains in early January, and in Guinea Bissau as a result of the delayed rains.
The pest situation is calm. A few Desert Locusts were reported in early May
in a few places in Mali and Mauritania.
BURKINA FASO CAPE-VERDE CHAD GAMBIA GUINEA-BISSAU
MALI MAURITANIA NIGER SENEGAL