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SADC Agromet Update Issue 7, 2015-2016

Highlights

  • The first half of February was characterized by very dry conditions in the southern half of the region, further reducing harvest expectations.
  • Very high rainfall was received between late February and mid-March in most parts of the region. The rainfall helped to increase water supply, and may improve pasture conditions. However, the rains were generally too late to improve crops that had succumbed to the hot, dry conditions in many areas.
  • Below normal rains were received in much of Tanzania, northern Malawi and northern Mozambique between late February and mid-March. Despite the dry conditions, reports indicate that good soil moisture build-up prior to the dryness allowed crops in some of these areas to survive the dry spell, and there are still good production prospects in some north-eastern parts of the region.
  • A reduction in the rains in most parts of the region is expected, with the rainfall season typically ending by late-March to mid-April in most areas.
Organization(s): 
Southern African Development Community
Original Publication Date: 
08 Apr 2016
Document type: 
Situation Report
Theme(s): 
Climate
Environment
Information Management
Preparedness