By Watchdog reporter
Uganda National Meteorological Authority has predicted the weather forecast in the all regions of Uganda in March to April. According to updates from Farmers Media Link’s executive director Patrick Luganda, there is going to be rains in most parts of the country. He however warned destructive rains in some parts of Central Uganda, as well as late rainfall in other parts especially in the north. Below is the break down of the forecast:
The central region is expected to start receiving rainfall between late February to early March and rainfall is expected to intensify with the peak in mid April and stop around early to mid-June 2017. Western Lake Victoria basin districts like Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka rain is expected to be accompanied by strong and destructive winds and hailstorms. Seasonal rains in Mukono, Kayunga districts will be interrupted by occasional dry spell. Communities are advised to buy agricultural inputs, prepare gardens, carryout mulching, plant trees, plant long maturing crops and improved varieties like,avoid planting crops in flood prone zones, timely planting maize. Use super bags to improve post harvest handling.
NB: Western parts of central region like Nakasongola, Luwero, Sembabule rains will start between early to mid-March.
The western region is expected to start receiving rainfall in late February, the peak of rains around mid April and rainfall expected to stop in late May to early June in South western districts of Kisoro, Kabale, Mbarara, Kasese. Western central districts like Ntoroko, Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Homia, Kibaale. Rainfall is expected to start in mid to late March and peak in mid to late April and seasonal rains will stop around early to mid June. Communities are advised to buy agricultural input, early land preparation, plant trees, plant long maturing crops, plant livestock fodders, construct terraces and trenches, avoid planting crops in flood and landslide prone zones, guard against tick-borne diseases and worms, use improved post harvest practices e.g super bags.
The North Central districts of Gulu, APAC, Oyam Rainfall is expected to start in late March to early April and rain is expected to stop mid June 2017.While North eastern districts of Lira, Kitgum, Pader rains are expected to start in early to mid April and expected to stop around mid- June. And North western districts Moyo, Aura, Nebbi, Yumbe rain is expected to start between late March to early April and peak rainfall expected in late April and expected to stop in mid June -2017. Communities are advised buy agricultural input, use food and water sparingly,water source protection,timely planting of improved varieties, carryout rain water harvesting, irrigation of crops, inter-cropping. Encourage pasture preservation, use improved post-harvest technologies e.g super bags,metallic silos.
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