SAHEL WEATHER AND CROP SITUATION REPORTGlobal Information and Early Warning System on food and agriculture
Report No.1 - 13 June 2003
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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. This corresponds to the normal pattern in the Sahel, except for Guinea Bissau, where satellite imagery indicates a delay in the onset of the rains, like last year. This situation may affect crop production as the growing season in this country usually starts in late April/early May.
Land preparation and planting are in progress following the onset of the rains. Seed availability problems are likely in countries of western Sahel (Cape-Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal), where crop production was severely affected by drought last year.
The pest situation is calm, although a few Desert Locusts were reported in early May near Gao in Mali.
BURKINA FASO CAPE-VERDE CHAD GAMBIA GUINEA-BISSAU
MALI MAURITANIA NIGER SENEGAL