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Agriculture - Use and Needs of Climate Services National Consultation on a Framework for Climate Services in Belize Presented by: Mr. Andrew Harrison Climate Change Focal Point Ministry of Natural Resources & Agriculture. Radisson Fort George Belize City 30 th October to 1 st November 2013.

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Radisson fort george belize city 30 th october to 1 st november 2013

Agriculture - Use and Needs of Climate ServicesNational Consultation on a Framework for Climate Services in BelizePresented by: Mr. Andrew HarrisonClimate Change Focal PointMinistry of Natural Resources & Agriculture

Radisson Fort George

Belize City

30th October to 1st November 2013





Agro-Forecast Provided to the MNRA

Temperature

 Above Normal Temperature can be expected over Belize and her coastal waters for the month of October 2013. 

Temperatures that are expected across the country are as follows:

Northern Areas

  • 40%chance of above normal temperature (above 28.0°C) (oF)

    Central and Inland Areas

    40% chance of above normal temperature (above 27.2°C)

    Southern Areas

    40% chance of above normal temperature (above 27.3°C)


Agro-Forecast Provided to the MNRA

SeasonalPrecipitation forecastfor October-November-Decemberis for equal chance of Normal to Above Normal rainfall to prevail over the country.

Watches/Warnings:WINDS East - Northeast 10 - 20 knots.

Localizes flooding will continue to affect most areas of the country. These flood waters can be damaging to crops and livestocks.

Forecaster: Cumberbatch/ Gentle

Next Update: 31st Thursday  2013 at 12:00pm




Crop Calendar



What Agriculturalists can do to feed into the improvement of the Met Services

  • Collaborate with the Met Office to provide Training of Extension officers other stakeholders

  • Extension Officers can integrate and follow through with the forecast with farmers (simpler level)

  • Network with NEMO on flood prone agricultural land

  • Understand the relationship of soil type with high rainfall and dry spells

  • District stations subscribe to monthly weather data – precipitation, temperature


Suggestions for the the Met Services

Meteorological Service

  • Consistency of Report

  • Make Reports More Graphical

  • Consider Other Means Dissemination Of Information E.G. Digicel D’ Loop

  • Modeling for Pest and Disease

  • Use Common Measuring Units


For your attention the Met Services

Thank You


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