Agricultural Stress Index in Syria - January 2017

Agricultural Stress Index in Syria - January 2017

In January, most farmers would have finished planting of rainfed wheat and barley, while the planting of winter vegetables would still be ongoing. Despite the good early rains in November and December crop growth started to show signs of moderate moisture stress in parts of Idleb, Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Ar-Raqqa, particularly in the second and third dekads of January. However, it is still too early to predict an overall crop growth and development as most of the crops are still in the early vegetative stages. The southern and south-western parts of Damascus, Quneitra, Dar’a, Tartous and Lattakia continued to receive relatively good rains in December, which resulted in healthy crop development throughout January. In Al Hasakeh and along the Euphrates River in Deir-ez-Zor, healthy vegetation cover increased from December to January.

Please note that since the ASI is based on remotely sensed data only, there is no confirmation on what crops have been planted.

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