13 December 2017
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Zomba to benefit from new green climate funded project

Written by  Evance Chisiano

ZOMBA, November 25, 2017:  An automated weather station will be established and five other community based early warning systems will be installed in Zomba to improve capacity on accurate weather and climate information for the sake of farmers, fishermen and other weather and climate data users.

The development comes through a six year project called ‘Serving lives and Protecting Agriculture based livelihood in Malawi: Scaling up the use of modernized climate information and early warning systems,’ in short M Climes.

M Climes Knowledge Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Ted Nyekanyeka, disclosed this on Tuesday in Zomba during a meeting with District Civil Protection Committee.

“21 districts will benefit from the project from 2017 to 2022 with Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Department of Agriculture Extension Services, Department of Fisheries, Department of Water Recourses and NASFAM as key partners.

“Mangochi, Phalombe, Machinga, Mulanje, Chikwawa, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Mzimba, Chitipa and Karonga are some of the districts where the six year project is being implemented,” said Nyekanyeka.

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services will assess weather stations in Zomba before the introduction of the automated weather station.

“Zomba had 70 standard rainfall stations but less than ten stations are working,” said District Meteorological Officer, Gift Maona.

He, therefore, asked the project to rehabilitate the nonfunctioning stations before introducing the automated stations.

“This will ensure accurate weather and climate information that will be useful to farmers, fishermen and all weather and climate data users,” Maona said.      

Makoka Research Station in Zomba has an automated weather station which has a rainfall and other weather readers.

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