Growing conditions improved in July following irregular rains in May and June. Rainfall was generally erratic and below average until late June, when the Government officially declared 14 provinces (out of 45) water-deficient. However rains increased significantly in July over the entire country, particularly in the north. With this improvement, millet and sorghum crops, which are generally emerging/tillering, have recovered and are developing quite satisfactorily. However, reflecting the erratic installation of the rainy season, stages of development vary greatly in the regions and plantings and replantings are still underway in several localities of the northern, eastern and central plateau regions. Due to the delayed rains and the earlier drier conditions, rainfall in August will be decisive for the output of the season.
No pest activity is reported.
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.