David Tweheyo Batega, the Chief Administrative Officer of Kanungu District, has emphasized the importance of the community gaining a better understanding of weather and climate changes resulting from climate adaptations. This understanding is crucial for effective planning of their agricultural activities.
Batega delivered this message while presiding over a one-day training session for Climate Change Champions on how to interpret and apply weather and climate information. The event took place at Kanungu All Saints Church Main Hall on November 2, 2023, and was organized by the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, which is responsible for promoting, monitoring, and forecasting climate and weather changes to support national economic development and transformation.
Batega encouraged the participants, which included district officials and civil servants, to utilize their smartphones to comprehend weather conditions and provide guidance to farmers based on weather forecasts.
Wafula Silagi Ahamed, an official from the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, highlighted the link between many diseases and climate and weather changes, urging participants to take a keen interest in understanding these changes.
Waffle Sirage, the lead facilitator, emphasized the importance of every Ugandan taking responsibility for protecting the environment to prevent hazards like droughts, hailstorms, and floods. This can be achieved through measures such as tree planting, wetland and water body preservation, and herb conservation.
Byamukama Mathias, the Kanungu District Principal Agricultural Officer, pointed out that climate change has negatively impacted farmers, leading to reduced yields in both agricultural and animal products. He recommended that farmers make use of government programs, such as irrigation, mulching, and contour farming, to conserve soil water.
Shibah Arineitwe, the Environment Officer, reported that the significant destruction of wetlands in Kanungu District has played a substantial role in contributing to climate change. The program’s focus was on restoring Ntungwa wetlands in Nyamirama Sub-County. She emphasized the responsible management of environmental resources, especially wetlands and forests, as they have a significant impact on weather and climatic conditions.
Kabagambe Gad, the LC III Chairperson for Nyamirama Sub-County, confirmed that his area had experienced heavy floods, hailstorms, and strong winds this season due to recent changes in climate and weather.