Good rains this year have enabled Niger to produce what might be a surplus of cereals, according to provisional figures given by the Ministry of Agriculture.
An official of the ministry told IRIN today (Tuesday) that an estimated 213,000 mt of surplus grain had been produced. He said the figure was subject to confirmation at the end of this year and only then, he said, would the deficit areas of cereal production be known. The 1997 cereal deficit was 152,000 mt, he said.
Niger, a landlocked Sahelian country, has registered good harvests in Maradi in the south of the country, Tahoua, Dosso and Tillaberi in the west.