During March, most parts of Jordan received average to above average monthly precipitation when compared with the long-term average (LTA) of 2001-2016. However, in crop growing Ajloun, Jarash and Al-Balqa governorates as well as parts of Irbid governorate, rains were mostly below average. Compared to the same month last year, precipitation levels were higher in Ajloun, Jerash and Al-Balqa governorates. In contrast, parts of Irbid and most of Madaba governorates received relatively less rains.
ASI for March shows healthy vegetation cover across the crop growing governorates in the north and the Jordan valley. Winter crops such as barley and spring wheat are due to be harvested by May-June 2017. These crops are mostly grown in rain-fed upland areas of the country, while large parts of irrigated areas of Jordan are occupied by vegetables and tree crops (olives, citrus and other fruit trees). It should be noted that Jordan’s cereal production is negligible due to climatic and geographic conditions of the country.
Please note that the ASI is based on remotely sensed data only; there is no confirmation on what crops have been planted.