Favourable Outlook for Eritrea Crops

Effective harvesting of crops this year to yield bumper harvest
Effective harvesting of crops this year to yield bumper harvest

By The Crop Site News Desk,

HARVESTING of the 2014 main season crops is expected to start at the beginning of November and, according to satellite-based monitoring, production prospects in main agricultural areas of Debub, Maekel, Gash Barka and Anseba zobas are favourable.

The 2014 “kiremti” rainy season had a timely onset at the end of June and, especially by August on wards, has been characterized by abundant and well-distributed precipitation amounts in most cropping areas, in some cases continuing until the second dekad of October. 

Farmers in Mendefera sub-zone from Debub agricultural area for instance said they are expecting bumper harvest this year thanks to the evenly distributed ample rainfall, coupled with sustained follow-up, soil and water conservation activities they carried out on time.

Mr. Eyasu Asefaw, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the sub-zone, explained that a total of 13, 421 hectares were put under cultivation out of 16, 391 hectares.

By contrast, in Red Sea coastal agro-pastoral areas, “kiremti” rains have been erratic and below average and the latest remote sensing analysis indicates significant negative anomalies showing deterioration of grazing resources.