GIEWS Country Brief: Eritrea 25-October-2018

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  • Favourable production prospects for main 2018 “kiremti” season crops due to abundant and well-distributed rains

  • Moisture deficits affect grazing resources in pastoral coastal areas

Favourable production prospects for main 2018 “kiremti” season crops

Harvesting of 2018 main season crops is expected to start in November and production prospects in the main crop producing areas are favourable. The 2018 “kiremti” rainy season, which normally extends from late June to September, has been characterized by abundant and well-distributed rains in key-cropping areas in central and western Anseba, Debub, Maekel and Gash Barka regions. In particular, in Gash Barka Region, which normally accounts for more than half of the domestic cereal production, the cumulative June-September rains were 50 percent above the long-term average, with a positive impact on yields. According to remote sensing analysis and information (see ASI map), current vegetation conditions are good in most cropping areas.

In pastoral coastal areas, a poor December-March “bahri” rainy season resulted in a faster-than-normal rangeland depletion and current vegetation conditions are very poor (see Vegetation Condition Index map).

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