UGANDAN WEATHERMEN BLASTED FOR MAKING POOR FORECASTS

By Francis Emorut

KAMPALA,Dec 25 — The Woman member of Parliament for Kyegegwa in western Uganda, Flavia Kabahenda, has lashed out at weather forecasters of the Meteorology Department for giving what she describes as false information to farmers.

Saying that their inaccurate information was confusing farmers, she asked: “How do you tell us there will be rain and we end up without rain? [That] it will be sunny, then we get much rain. This is confusing farmers.”

The furious legislator, noting hat farmers in the country planted their crops according to forecasts provided by meteorologists, added: “The farmers end up in disaster as the advice given by meteorologists doesn’t yield any fruits.”

However, Deus Bemanya, the department’s acting director in charge of applied meteorology and data climate services, denied the allegations, when contacted by New Vision, saying 80 per cent of their weather prediction is accurate. “Our accuracy on weather forecasts is at 80 per cent and I am proud of it,” he said.

He explained that after they have made the forecasts the farmers are informed what type of crops they are supposed to plant and this information is translated into 20 local languages.

Although he said the claims by the legislator were unfounded and baseless, he, however, acknowledged that the department had challenges which included lacking a radar and other expensive weather equipment.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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