Bad news Meteorological Agency predicts drought in 2016

The drought will reportedly last from December 2015 to April 2016.

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The Ghana Meteorological Agency is predicting that Ghana will experience drought in 2016.

A Meteorologist at the Agency, Felicity Ahafianyo in an interview with Radio Ghana said the Agency is certain that the drought will last from December 2015 to April 2016.

“From our forecast desk, we can say the drought will last from now up to April. We are pretty sure about that that it will last up to April,” she said.

She explained that the climate signs the Agency has researched into indicates that there will be a reduction in rainfall especially during the major rainy season.

“We are expecting the rainfall to be erratic so we are going to have long dry spells and the rains will start late and end early during the season. The previous years, we have rain in December but this year, there wasn’t any rainfall in December and that is the same trend we are looking at from January up to April,” she said.

She continued saying, “most often over the southern sector, the rains start earlier than other parts of the country but in 2016, it is not going to be like that.”

Madam Ahafianyo noted that the nation’s agricultural sector will be the worst affected and thus urged farmers to explore the use of irrigation to protect their crops.

“This is going to have a negative impact on agriculture because in Ghana, most of our farmers depend on agriculture so it’s going to have an impact on them because we are going to have less rainfall and the duration is also going to be short so definitely, the farmers will not benefit that much.”

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