By Andrew S.K Kaggwa

Farmers have been warned that the current rains which are being experienced in different parts of the country are off season and will soon end and the country will experience a dry spell until the end of February.

“The period of December, January and February is generally characterized by sunny, dry and hazy conditions over most parts of the country. However, there are some occasional rains that normally occur during this season (off seasonal rains). The off seasonal rains have been experienced over most parts of the country since 14th January, 2022 after the dry conditions associated with the recent high temperatures,” reads a statement signed on January 19, 2022 by David Elweru, the acting Executive Director of the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA).

In December 2021, a regional weather forecasting body had predicted above average rainfall conditions for southern Uganda.

“A higher chance of above-average rainfall is expected over much of Tanzania, Burundi, southern Uganda, parts of central and south-western Kenya. The rest of the region is generally dry in January,” said the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) in its forecast for January 2022.

However, for the last one-week rains have been reported in different parts of the country tempting some farmers to start planting but UNMA in its release advised farmers to continue with preparation of their gardens.

“The farming community can take advantage of the current rains to carry out land preparation in anticipation for the first seasonal rains of March to May season.

UNMA will continue to monitor weather systems and provide further guidance regarding the March-May season in February, 2022,” the UNMA release concludes.


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