By Paul Lubwama, Bukedde FM/NECJOGHA
Soroti Uganda – The Resident District Commissioner Soroti District, Wilberforce Tukei has asked farmers to use weather information for planning and making right decisions.
Tukei was speaking during the climate café that was organized by the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) at the Hursey Resort Hotel in Soroti on Monday.
A climate cafe is a public discourse on the weather, climate and climate services especially climate forecasting services from end user interaction. It brings together various stakeholders in climate related sectors including scientists, media, climate impacted sector experts, academia, farmers, fishermen, livestock keepers for vital exchange of information.
“Many farmers lost their crops in the region after the heavy rains in October that left their gardens water-logged. Had they got climate information in time they should have found ways of adapting,” Tukei said.
He also thanked NECJOGHA for taking the climate café to Soroti at a time when the farmers most need climate information because it is raining.
He however asked the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) to improve on the accuracy of their forecast and to always release it on time.
The climate café was attended by participants who were drawn from the 9 districts of the Teso region and Napak a boarder district of Karamoja. The participants were carefully selected different sectors impacted by climate namely agriculture, fisheries and pastoralism. The media and civil society organisations (CSO) as disseminators of climate information and officers of UNMA also participated. It was also attended by academicians from universities in the Teso sub region.
Rosette Kokowe a farmer from in Ngariyamu sub-county, Katakwi district who also attended the cafe described how she lost nearly 80 acres of her trees. She said it is even hard for her to access the garden because the bridge to the farm burst.