Ghana Meteorological Agency appeals for Support

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The Eastern Regional Director of Ghana Meteorological Agency , Mr Kwame Anokye Aidoo, has appealed for support to enable the Agency acquire modern equipment, to replace its outmoded instruments.

This, he said would help the Agency deliver on its mandate at this era of climate change.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Koforidua, Mr Aidoo said the organisation is faced with many challenges including frequent breakdown of instruments used in measuring rainfall patterns in the Region.

This, he said is hindering the activities and productivity of the Agency in ensuring that rainfall patterns are accurately monitored.

Despite the challenges, he explained that the organisation still provides essential services to the Aviation, Volta River Authority, the Agricultural Sector and the Seed Division under the Ghana Cocoa Board, to guide and monitor their operations.

Mr Aidoo noted that, already only eight out of the 70 climatological stations situated in the region, are functioning due to retirements of many staff of the Agency without any replacements.

“Many of people we are currently within the region are mostly volunteers and if new staff are not recruited, the Agency will collapse.”

Mr Aidoo predicted that there would be 10 to 30 per cent reduction of rainfall this year as compared to the previous year and entreated farmers to take advantage of the early rains.

He urged the public not to undermine the efficacy of the Meteorological Agency, adding, “it is about time we adjust to other possibilities due to the global climate changes”.

Mr Aidoo advised colleges and institutions to use the Meteorological Agency’s fields for excursions to enable them broaden their minds about the functions of the organisation.


Source: GNA



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