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On the onset of the season, people were optimistic that 2017 will be different from other years counting on the amount of

heavy downpours in July and August; but barely two months into the season, there came a long dry spell lasting close to fifteen (15) days as in other Regions notably URR. This seriously affected groundnut for it coincided with root penetration and or pod formation. For maize and upland rice it coincided with flowering stage and many field crops stunted or wilted. This scenario could be seen mostly in URR and two other districts in LRR namely Jarra West and Kiang east.

As millet is more drought tolerant than most cereal crops, it wasn’t largely affected. This is the reason why millet grown predominant regions, NBR and CRRs will be less affected. For them this year will be better than last year because of the expected high yield from these fields. Equally early maturing seeds distributed by FAO also reached maturity for both cowpea and maize. Groundnuts distributed is also early maturing, but because it arrived late and undecorticated, gave farmers dual task. This took farmers time so much that they could not help being late for sowing. According to most farmers, if the moisture continue to the end of October, groundnut yields would be better otherwise they will only harvest hay for their animals.

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