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Lack of Meteorological officer in the Sissala East Municipality affects information dissemination

Absence of Meteorological officer in Tumu affects information dissemination.

The Ghana Meteorological Agency GMA said that absence of readily available rainfrainfall data from the Sissala East Municipality was affecting the timely release of weather information to the people in the Sissala East Municipality.

This, the Agency GMA said, was due to the release of an active District Officer in the Sissala East Municipality to read and pick the weather information for accurate weather predictions for the area, which produces large volume of cereal for the country.

The district, has for some period, lacked an officer due to the demise of the former officer for the area.

Mrs. Francisca Martey, Deputy director and head of research of the agency said this during a workshop on seasonal weather forecasts in Tumu in the Upper West Region ahead of the 2021 farming season.

Mrs. Martey said Upper West Region would likely get a normal and above normal rainfall pattern for 2021 and a draught spell up to nine to sixteen days and therefore advice farmers to be aware and plant the right seeds.

Mrs. Martey said she was however, using data from Wa, the regional capital for upper west region for Tumu due to lack of data from the area, adding that, it was not the best giving the climate variability and farmers dependent on the weather for their activities.

'' If i can have Tumu actual data, it can be helpful as the people will see this is from out vicinity'' she said. She appealed to the authorities to replace the demised officer saying the absence of an officer was affecting the Agency's ability to send accurate weather predictions for the area.

She advised the participants to take farming for profit and the projects after their cycle come to an end.

The workshop formed part of a project funded be Africa Development Bank in partnership with the Canadian feed the children and Tidridep, an NGO with the objective of desseminating seasonal weather information to entrepreneurial farmers in northern Ghana for the 2021 farming season.

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Francisca Martey Ghana Meteorological Agency Sissala Sissala East Tumu

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