Don’t plant yet, weatherman warns farmers

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By Andrew Kaggwa, NECJOGHA

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Farmers have been warned not to plant yet as the current rains in some parts of the country is not the onset of the rain season.

“We shall be releasing an update soon. All you need to know is that this is not the onset of seasonal rains and farmers are advised to wait for seasonal forecast from us,” Lillian Nkwenge, the publicist for the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) said. UNMA is the government body mandated with issuing weather information.

Nkwenge said that these are occasional rains and not part of the rain season.

“The cause is the Congo air mass. They are expected the whole of this week especially in the east of the country and Lake Victoria basin,” Nkwenge explained. The Congo air mass are rain bearing winds blowing from the Congo forests.

For the whole of this week areas of the Lake Victoria basin, eastern Uganda especially Teso sub region and some parts of northern Uganda have received rains confusing farmers some of whom have been thinking the rain season has started.

During the Fifty Fourth Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF54) IN Mombasa, Kenya last week climate experts reached a consensus on the climate outlook for the March to May rainfall season.

They said they expected a wetter than normal rainfall season and an early onset of the rains. The forum gives the general seasonal outlook for the region before each national met service downscales it and gives a more local insight. UNMA is expected to downscale the seasonal forecast soon.

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