Promoting irrigation, ensuring rational management of water resources for crops – GMet
The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) has urged farmers to promote irrigation and ensure sound management of water resources for crops among others as the year is likely to see dry spells.
The GMet forecast indicates a significant likelihood of slightly longer dry spells and late to normal onset of rains.
GMet deputy director of research and applied meteorology, Francisca Martey, told participants in the 2022 seasonal forecast that southeastern regions may experience a below-normal rainfall pattern for March, April, May ( MAM) and April, March June (AMJ) .
According to the GMet, areas likely to experience water deficits, normal to lower seasons, longer dry spells at the beginning and towards the end of the season could affect planting and crop growth. It could also promote the development of crop pests.
Water resources are also expected to be negatively affected in most parts of the country.
Ms. Martey says effective water management must be done to ensure enough water for human and animal consumption.
GMet also wants farmers to diversify income-generating activities and promote practices such as tillage, mulching, market gardening and agroforestry to offset the production shortfall.
“Adopt agricultural techniques/practices for soil water conservation. Liaison with national meteorological, agricultural and hydrological authorities for information and expert advice. »