SAHEL WEATHER AND CROP SITUATION REPORTGlobal Information and Early Warning System on food and agriculture
Report No.2 - 12 July 2002
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Rains started in late April or May in southern Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and the extreme south-eastern part of Senegal. They progressed northwards in June in the rest of Senegal, The Gambia, and southern Mauritania. The rainy season started also in Guinea Bissau in mid-June after more than one month delay. Seasonably dry conditions continue to prevail in Cape Verde. Cumulative rainfall as of late June was generally below average in most countries.
Land preparation and plantings are in progress following the onset of the rains. Crops are emerging but erratic and below average rains in Burkina-Faso, Chad, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger and Senegal are likely to cause water stress on recently planted coarse grain crops or necessitate replantings.
Pastures are starting to regenerate. Grain-eating birds are reported in Mauritania
and Niger. Grasshoper infestations are reported in Niger while rodent attacks
to crops are reported in Chad. The Desert Locust situation remained calm during
BURKINA FASO CAPE-VERDE CHAD GAMBIA GUINEA-BISSAU
MALI MAURITANIA NIGER SENEGAL