Dry Weather in Eritrea Seen by EU Service Delaying Crop Growth

By Whitney McFerron - Aug 29, 2013 5:26 PM GMT Dry weather in Eritrea delayed crop growth “substantially” this season in the eastern African nation and eroded pastures needed to feed livestock, the European Union’s crop-monitoring service said. Drier-than-normal weather

By Whitney McFerron – Aug 29, 2013 5:26 PM GMT

Dry weather in Eritrea delayed crop growth “substantially” this season in the eastern African nation and eroded pastures needed to feed livestock, the European Union’s crop-monitoring service said.

Drier-than-normal weather in July postponed the start of the so-called Kremti rainy season, which usually runs from late June to September, the EU’s Monitoring Agricultural Resources unit said in an online report today. Crops and pastures are in “poor and very poor condition” in main growing regions in Eritrea’s southwest, according to the report.

“The dry weather affected not only crop development, but had also an effect on cultivated area,” MARS said. “Abundant rains of early August have improved the situation, but the negative effect of the delay on this year’s harvest will not be completely reversed.”

While most of Eritrea’s north and southeast is too dry for agriculture, about 56 percent of its land area is used for raising livestock and 5 percent for growing rain-fed arable crops including grain, MARS said.

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Source: Bloomberg

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  • Telosa August 30, 2013

    Aus 17 you described it very well. We Eritreans have a dry heart. We start to speak when the hand of higdef reach up on us otherwise we keep silent. Zeykusilkas encheyti yet well eu. If you look back to history the weather in our country is related with peace, let us consider the rain that we were getting after independence and after the outbrake of the border war. Higdefawyan nukusat egri eYom and the people is also becoming more selfish and nenhdu Zebalae Look at those who are forced to pay millions in Sinna and cut their organs the main actors which makes eritrean suffer are Eritreans. So we have a bad heart and we deserve the bad weather.

  • Yosief August 31, 2013

    AYKab BAYtan KAB BAITO as we all know we, the Eritrean r so stubborn so many innocent people had been sloughs n till many fertile brain of the. Innocent is been buried in the countries prisons as where as all over the world but no a single stape has taking to stope it, there fore lets rewarded it

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