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Uganda to host climate outlook forum

By Agnes Nantambi

Added 18th August 2016 05:13 PM

The forum will bring together national experts from all the countries in the Greater Horn of Africa.

Uganda to host climate outlook forum

UNMA board chairman Robert Rutaagi (right) shakes hands with an official as UNDP team leader of envirnment Onesmus Muhwezi looks on. (Credit: Agnes Nantambi)

The forum will bring together national experts from all the countries in the Greater Horn of Africa.

KAMPALA - Uganda, through the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, will host the Greater Horn of Africa climate outlook forum (GHACOF).

The meeting will bring together national experts from all the countries in the Greater Horn of Africa, along with regional and international experts involved in seasonal climate prediction.

Users of climate early warning advisories from sectors such as food security and disaster risk reduction will also take part.

The forum will also focus on the role of the regional climate outlook forums in providing early warnings for drought emergencies and other climate-related disasters in the Greater Horn of Africa.

According to Godfrey Mujuni, the manager of data centre and applied meteorology at the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, the forum will start on 29 and run until 30 this month at Munyonyo.

He also revealed that it's during the forum that the rainfall outlook for the whole region will be released for the season of September, October, November and December.

"That is when we shall give a clear outlook on the coming season, but as we talk now we expect these rains to prevail over northern Uganda, most parts of eastern Uganda, a few parts of western Uganda and some parts of central especially the Lake Victoria basin for this remaining days of the month, "he said.

Farmers, especially in northern Uganda, have been advised to carryout timely planting since the rains will extend a bit longer in the region.

Mujuni also advised cattle farmers to be cautious about animal diseases that easily break out during the rainy season.

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