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Dry conditions in Eritrea hamper crops and pasture growth

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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Dry conditions in Eritrea hamper crops and pasture growth

The crop-growing season in Eritrea has been significantly delayed due to late rains, according to the report on ‘Crop and pasture monitoring in Eritrea’ recently published by the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in the framework of the scientific and technical support to the European Union (EU) delegation in Eritrea and the EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General (DG DEVCO) on food security information.

The Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) reported that the significant rainfalls necessary for planting crops reached much of Eritrea only in August. The lack of early rains in June has impacted pasture conditions, and had a negative effect on livestock in most areas. The situation is less critical in the moist highlands even though dry spells were also observed in those areas in July. The dry weather has also negatively affected cultivated areas. Abundant rains of early August have improved the situation but the negative impact of the delay on this year’s harvest will not be completely reversed, leading to a likelihood of poor crop yields.

Source: Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER)