Technocrats asked to champion awareness of severe weather

By Anthony Kushaba

Technocrats in Uganda have been asked to champion awareness of severe weather in a bid to ensure that the end-users of information can access it and be able to plan properly.

Kiprop speaking at the workshop

The call was on Wednesday made by Julius Kiprop Kapkwomu the manager operations directorate of station networks and observations at Uganda National Meteorological Authority while speaking at a stakeholder workshop to design and refine severe weather warning systems for targeted districts held at Rwizi Arch Hotel in Mbarara city.

Kiprop revealed that the officers such as communication officers, Natural Resources officers, and Fisheries officers should work closely with UNMA to help the local farmers in the country have authentic information and on time.

The participants pose for a group photo at Rwizi Arch Hotel

He revealed that early warning enables farmers and other end-users of information to prepare adequately and mitigate the effects of severe weather.

Kiprop further called for deliberate efforts towards increasing the country’s forest cover through tree planting.

The participants during the training

The operations manager added that there is an urgent need for the government to recruit meteorological officers at district and lower local levels so that timely and adequate information is regularly availed to the communities.

The training was attended by Fisheries officer, Natural resources officers, communication officers among others.