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Meteorology advises farmers on right planting seasonPublish Date: Jan 22, 2014
Meteorology advises farmers on right planting season
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Former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya planting yellow beans at his farm on Kakiri, Wakiso district. FILE/PHOTO
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By Prossy Nandudu
 
The Meteorology department in the ministry of water and environment has advised farmers not to consider the current rains for planting saying the December-January dry spell still persists.

 
A senior meteorologist in the ministry of water and environment, George William Omony, explained that such rains appear in isolated areas like the central, Western and some parts of the eastern region and not across the country.
 
“The rains being experienced usually take about six to seven days to appear and disappear. The rains are not meant for any serious farming,” explained Omony.
 
Omony said that for proper plant growth, there should be consistent rains for the soil to retain enough water and such rains occur at the beginning of the rain season in March.
 
“This kind of rain is in favor of people around swampy areas but even in swamps, short maturing crops should be planted as these can benefit from the short-lived rains,”Omony  said.


 

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