By: Gideon Kwame Sarkodie Osei
The Ghana Meteorology Agency ( GMet) has presented the 2023 Annual Seasonal Forecast to Agriculture Extension Agents, farmers and radio Broadcasters in selected Districts of the Bono East region. The Dstricts are Kintampo North Muniipal, Kintampo South and Techiman North.
The Annual Seasonal Forecast is an outlook of the rainfall forecast for the major rainy seasons: March-May (MAM) and April – June (AMJ) for the country.
At the end of these forecasts, recommendations are made to the various stakeholders to help better minimize risks and maximize the opportunities that exist in the season. The presentation is part of a multi-sectorial partnership of the Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa Project.
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The Deputy Director in charge of Research and Applied Meteorology at GMet, Francisca Martey, who presented the forecast, said the 2023 rainfall season would experience a normal to below normal rainfall for both March to May and April-May-June across the country.
However, she said, some areas in the middle portions to the transitional areas of the country would experience below normal rainfall tendency for both the March to May and April to June seasons.
In the agricultural sector, the director of meteorology stated that for the areas likely to observe surplus rainfall, early season start dates, shorter dry spells and excess floods should increase vigilance against crop pests while areas likely to experience water deficits should focus on drought tolerant species.
GMet also urged farmers in such areas to adopt farming techniques for the conservation of soil water and liaise with national meteorological, agricultural and hydrological experts for information and advice.
Mr. Simon Yambor is the Kintampo North Municipal Director of department of Agriculture, and he was excited about the presenrtaion.
He said “the extension officers are always asked by farmers abour the weather predictions, but because they don’t have such information, they are not able to help the farmers. The presentation has now provided the information to them and they can now pass it on to the farmers, to help them plan adequately for the season. They have also been added to the GMet WhatsApp platform where the daily forecast is shared. I think that will improve extension delivery so much”.