Obsolete equipment affecting weather forecast

A senior meteorological officer, Tirivanhu Muhwati, told parliamentarians attending a climate change workshop in Harare on Wednesday that his department was faced with a serious problem of acquiring new weather forecast equipment, a situation which is affecting accurate results.

“We are faced with a critical shortage of equipment because the ones we are having are old.This is affecting weather results, which has an adverse effect on economic planning and subsistence farming," he said.

“We have 66 weather stations of which 60, which are functioning are in a sorry state. This is because most of the equipment is imported."

He urged parliamentarians to lobby for the procurement of new weather forecast equipment so that the weather department can produce accurate and credible results.

The weather forecast equipment currently used by the Meteorological department is manufactured in Germany and the United Kingdom.

The climate change workshop was organised by Environment Africa with the help of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA) with the aim of encouraging legislators to lobby for the formulation of a comprehensive climate change legal frame work.