The off-season crop and market gardening harvests are winding down. Production is good, as anticipated, after the high flood levels late last season. Other activities such as fishing are also generating good incomes and a more balanced diet, where practiced. No animal diseases have been reported and pastures still look good. Although water for livestock in the Sahel is becoming scarce, as is seasonal, livestock body weights look good.
Market prices of cereals are seasonably low and are not expected to rise significantly during the coming hungry period (June-September). This is a sign of easy food access and adequate availability.
During April, a VA verification field trip was undertaken. As a result 40,000 more people in the Sahelian zone will be added to those already recommended for assistance. The number of people in the Sudanian zone was scaled down:
- In northern Mayo-Kebbi 4 villages in canton Mogroum were found to have sustained extensive flood damage, instead of 15 previously reported. In canton Katoa, despite the complete loss of sorghum to floods,rice and recessional sorghum production was very good.Assistance in the form of subsidized food sales is recommended for Katoa and affected villages in Mogroum and Teleme.
- In Tandjil , only Deressia and Soumraye were moderately vulnerable.
- In Logone Oriental and Moyen-Chari, the vulnerable cantons remain the same, however, the number of villages was scaled down. Villages were retained where floodwaters have remained for several months and did significant damage, but villages where floods did not damage crops were dropped.
- In Logone Occidental flood damage in Krim Krim awaits further substantiation.
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