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Lack of rains

August 13, 2013

Development activities are in progress and the rice producers are determined to expand their cultivated area. However, throughout both countries farmers are inhibited by the lack of rains this year. Whereas June and July are usually the wettest months, this year a very limited number of rainfall events was recorded. It is expected that this will have significant impact on the rice yields this year.


In the site Zoungo, close to Ouinhi in southern Benin, the farmers decided to expand their area significantly. In the 2012 campaign more than 11 ha were newly developed in the inland valley neighbouring the village. This year, the total rice cultivated area may have doubled. The pictures below give an impression of the 2013 expansion.

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