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					                             MONITORING AGRICULTURAL CONDITIONS IN KWAZULU-NATAL
                 Rainfall across KZN           February 2011      Provincial Dam levels




                                                          Green = 70 – 100%; Yellow = 40 – 69.9 %; Red < 40% of full storage capacity. Most dams remained the same or
                                                          showed a slight decrease in level due to the low February rainfall. The exceptions are the Hluhluwe Dam, which is now
                                                          above 70% for the first time since 2004, and Nagle Dam, which dropped by 18 %,

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                                                                                      Using satellites to monitor conditions

        Medium term rainfall prediction                                                                                    In previous reports, Normalized Differential Vegetation
                                                                                                                           Index (NDVI) data were being provided through the
                                                                                                                           UN FEWS website every 10 days. However, due to
                               The SA Weather Bureau                                                                       satellite technical problems these data are no longer
                               is predicting below-                                                                        being provided.
                               normal rainfall for most
                               of KZN for March, April                                                                     Hot, dry weather during February has lead to below
                               and May, an indication                                                                      average vegetation conditions developing around
                               that the below average                                                                      Durban and parts of the KZN Midlands. However,
                               rainfall will continue.                                                                     there appears to be sufficient ground water available
                                                                                                                           from the good rains during December and January to
                                                                                                                           sustain plant growth through most of KZN.




Prepared by: O. Howison
Natural Resources – Macro Planning
Owen.howison@kzndae.gov.za

				
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