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2022 Second Round Crop And Livestock Assessment Report 5 May Revised

Post date Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 - 12:34
Month(s) covered 2022-05
Document Type Periodic Monitoring Report
Content Themes Needs Assessment, Agriculture, Livestock
Sources Ministry of Agriculture

Field crops(Food crops):
The 2021/2022 season started late in the second and third dekad of December 2021 in most parts of the country. Where it started early, (last week of October to mid- November 2021), it was a false start.

  • Rainfall distribution was poor in both space and time across the country. There were incessant rains in January followed by a prolonged dry spell in the first week of February to the end of March.
  • The false start of the season resulted in failed crop establishment forcing most farmers to replant several times. The late onset caused late plantings which were later affected by the prolonged dry spell at the reproductive stage causing write offs especially in the central and southern parts of the country.
  • During April unusually heavy late rains have been received which should benefit the late-planted  crop. The positive impact of these rains has not been evaluated but should generally result in improved production for most crops.
  • Incessant rains caused excessive leaching of nitrogen and other crop nutrient
  • The estimated maize production for 2021/2022 season stands at 1 557 914 Mt which is a 43% decrease from the 2 717 171Mt produced in the 2020/2021 season.
  • Traditional grains production for the 2021/2022 season is estimated at 194 100MT representing a 44% decrease from 347 968Mt in 2020/2021.
  • Sorghum production is expected to be 144 633MT which is 41% lower than 244 063Mt obtained during 2020/2021 season. 
  • Pearl Millet Production is expected to be at 44 143Mt which is 51% less than 90 683Mt obtained during 2020/2021.
  • Finger Millet production is expected to be at 5 320Mt which is a 60% decrease from 13 223Mt produced in the 2020/2021 season. 
  • The total cereal production is 1 752 014Mt against a national cereal requirement of 2 267 599Mt (1 817 599Mt for human consumption and 350 000Mt for livestock)

 

 

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