Following the current heavy rainfall in several parts of Uganda, farmers have been asked to delay planting crops until March when the regular rainy season begins.
Officials from the Uganda National Metrological Authority told journalists at the Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday that the current rain is due to climate variability and is expected to stop by next week.
This comes at a time when most Ugandans are confused as to whether the current rains signal them that the planting period has started.
Uganda has four seasons with December to February being usually dry. The rainfall season covers March, April and May before the dry season that starts from June through July and August in most parts of the country much as it’s a wet season in some areas.
The period of September, October and November normally a wet season in the county.
“We are in the dry season. The current rain is almost wide spread across the country and it started last week and it is still continuing. But this particular rain does not in any way signal the beginning of the rainy season,” said Mr George William Owony, a senior meteorologist at Uganda National Meteorological Authority.