There is still an inconclusive debate whether we are faced with late rains or unseasonal rains which could spell food shortage and national disaster.
A rain gauge is utilised in each region of a country to measure the amount of rain the area receives in a week so that farmers would be able to predict rain patterns and thus determine with accuracy when to plant and harvest their crops and what type of farming they could utilise.
Irrigation engineers also could rely on such information to be able to advice on the type of structures to erect to make farm land accessible.
We are in September. The data collected on rainfall measurements and put in graphs and charts in previous years including this season should be made accessible to experts if they are available so that one could rely on them to assess the rain patterns and quantity of rain so that a scientifically determined impact assessment could be done to make pronouncement on this year’s crops and future trends in farming and outputs.
Those responsible for water resources should make the effort to take media houses to the rainfall measuring points in all regions to get first hand information on the rain fall pattern and volume and further invite experts to speak to the press on whether there is late rain fall or unseasonal rain which could spell natural disaster.