Seasonal Rainfall Outlook Key to Socio-Economic Development-Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri

By Staff Reporter
HARARE – The Acting Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said the seasonal rainfall outlook was significant for Zimbabwe highlighting that it plays a pivotal role in assisting the nation to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030 Agenda as well accelerating socio-economic transformation.
She was speaking during at the Zimbabwe National Climate Outlook Forum(2021)in Harare yesterday.
“It is my pleasure to be hosting you today for the presentation of our National Rainfall Outlook for the period October 2021 to March 2022. The seasonal rainfall outlook is a very important planning tool for use by multi-sectoral stakeholders throughout our beloved country.
“The information provided contributes very significantly to the socio-economic development of the nation as we work towards achieving our vision of having an upper middle-income economy by 2030,” she said.
Increased use of the weather and climate information, she emphasised, in the various sectors will thereby assist in better planning to reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, expected to be more frequent as a result of climate change changing.
Presenting the seasonal outlook for the 2021/22, Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri said according to the Zimbabwe National Climate Outlook, the nation is forecast to receive normal to above normal rains in the October-November-December(OND) period as well in the last half of the 2021 -2022 cropping season – January – February – March(JMF) (2022) phase.
The rainfall outlook for the October to December (OND) 2021 period covers the following:
Region I: Harare Metropolitan, much of Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central, north-eastern parts of Midlands, most of Manicaland.
Region II: The greater part of Matabeleland North, parts of Bulawayo Metropolitan, parts of Midlands and parts of Mashonaland West and,
Region III: Masvingo, the bulk of Midlands, the bulk of Bulawayo Metropolitan, the extreme southern parts of Manicaland and the bulk of Matabeleland South all forecast to receive increased chances of normal-to-above normal rainfall.
For for the January to March (JFM) 2022 period, the rainfall outlook is also forecast for increased chances of normal-to-above normal rainfall for the following:
Region I: Mashonaland Provinces, Harare, most of Manicaland, northern parts of Masvingo and northern parts of Midlands.
Region II: The greater part of Matabeleland North, northwest Matabeleland South, Bulawayo and
Region III: The greater part of Masvingo, the extreme southern parts of Manicaland, southeast Matabeleland South and the southern parts of Midlands
The forecast, she highlighted, is for total cumulative seasonal rainfall amounts, and is expressed relative to the long-term averages particular to specific locations.
“The forecast should be used together with the periodic updates which will be issued daily, as well as the 3-day and 10-day forecasts, issued by the Meteorological Services Department to account for the distribution of rainfall during the season.”
The minister also stressed the need to take practical measures aimed at fighting climate change which at some point negatively affect Zimbabwe’s agricultural activities
“According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released just this August, climate change and its impacts were rapidly accelerating around the world and we are not spared either as a a nation.
“Climate and weather extremes are continually increasing as we have already observed in recent years. It is therefore important for all of us to take the appropriate climate action now.”

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