Eastern Africa Crop Monitor, 7
The cropping season was characterised by a timely start in western parts of the equatorial region and above normal rains in northern sub-regions of Eastern Africa. Planting is expected in June for the main cereals in northern sub-regions, while crops in the equatorial and southern sub-regions are in vegetative stages and early maturity in the southern sub-region. Crops are generally in favourable condition due to above average rainfall. In some of the crop lands, excessive rainfall led to flooding in localised scale. Desert locust poses a threat to crops in high invasion zones due to vegetative crop stage coinciding with hatching and hopper development.