EDITORIAL: Fully equip weather body - The Citizen

EDITORIAL: Fully equip weather body

Saturday March 16 2019

Climate change has been taking its toll on Planet Earth, and weather vagaries are increasingly becoming common.

Temperatures have been rising for long now, modifying weather balances and ecosystems. Disasters have been striking, with droughts, floods and hurricanes causing more challenges – including famine, deaths and property destruction.

Therefore, a multi-pronged approach is needed to mitigate the climate change effects.

We indeed support the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) for expanding its radar network to Mtwara, Mbeya and Kigoma Regions. The system routinely relays weather information in good time so that the government and disaster management institutions can prepare for any and all possible effects.

Also, farmers can plant and tend to their crops as appropriate – while water and air transporters are not tragically caught off-guard. TMA’s move is also important for other economic activities such as fishing – and will promote the blue economy as a sustainable use of ocean resources for all-inclusive socio-economic development, while conserving the marine ecosystem.

Currently, TMA has only two weather radars – in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza – and is seriously involved in research on weather patterns for fishermen, marine transporters and other stakeholders. We earnestly call on the government to adequately equip TMA to improve its efficiency.