Addis Ababa April 13/2017 Meteorological conditions in the first ten days of April 2017 indicated that better precipitation was registered in the south and western part of the country, creating good farming conditions for farmers, while the central and north eastern part of the country received less rainfall, Ethiopian Meteorological Agency said.
The report noted that parts of Amhara, Benishagul Gumuz, Gambella, SNNPS, and Oromia states received above normal rain while the rest of the country remained sunny and warm. It also indicated that better precipitation in south and south western part of the country created better supply of water for sprouting seedlings on farms and for perennial crops as well as access to grazing areas for livestock.
The report added that the central, north eastern parts of the country which should have received belg rains remained dry, resulting in stress on drinking water supply and fodder for livestock.
The Agency also delivered a forecast for the period between April 11-20 in which better rainfall in belg farming areas of south, south western and south eastern part of the country.
The report indicated that normal precipitation in the belg season areas will help to enhance agricultural activities while farmers in rain stress and pastoral areas can engage in water harvesting for farming and drinking water for their livestock.
However, the Agency warned that the warm weather condition that accompanies the rainy situation could create a condition for the proliferation of pests and that necessary precaution should be taken to avoid loss of crops.