Very poor condition of crops

(Tetum) Some good rains have fallen across Timor-Leste in the northern areas and in the mountains which has brought welcome relief to farmers. However, the south coast has received very little rain which has resulted in many areas experiencing crop failure. In other areas the crop is performing so poorly that farmers consider it not worthwhile to weed so the crop is neglected and further stressed. More animals have been dying along the south coast and in some areas along the north coast.  There are further delays in rice field preparation as farmers wait for enough rain to increase flow in the rivers.El Nino Crop Situation Report 20160131 El Nino TL-Update-January