Favourable rainfall during the 2014 main “kiremti” cropping season in Eritrea
September 03, 2014 (Rome) – Good “kiremti” rainfall season favours the 2014 main cropping season. Deteriorating grazing resources observed in coastal areas of Eritrea, reports a unit belonging to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) published its quarterly country brief on Eritrea, which also includes information on current agricultural season and the harvest prospects for main staple food crops and livestock situation.
The harvesting of the 2014 main season crops are expected to start at the beginning of November and production prospects in main agricultural areas of Debub, Maekel, Gash Barka and Anseba zobas are favorable, GIEWS said.
According got the report, the 2014 “kiremti” rainy season, which normally extends from late June to September, had a timely onset and, so far, has been characterized by abundant and well distributed precipitation amounts. Satellite based monitoring also showed above-average vegetation conditions in main cropping areas. However, the final outcome of the cropping season depends on the continuation of the favourable rainfall conditions for the next several weeks.
By contrast, in Red Sea coastal areas, precipitation has been below average during June and July and the latest remote sensing-analysis indicates significant negative anomalies and the deterioration of grazing resources.