Normal to below normal rains expected

Agriculture Reporter
SADC countries are likely to receive normal to below normal rainfall during the October 2015 to March 2016 rainfal season, the Meteorological Services Department has said. The MSD will also give the national rainfall forecast tomorrow. According to climate experts, the period between October and March is the main rainfall season over most parts of Southern Africa. “SADC is likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall for the period October to December (OND) 2015 and the January to March (JFM) 2016.

“However, most Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Angola, south of Tanzania, north-eastern Zambia, northern Malawi, northern Mozambique, the islands states of Seychelles and eastern Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall. Only northern Tanzania is more likely to receive above-normal to normal rainfall in OND,” reads a statement from the MSD.

The SADC region was affected by the poor rainfall season last year, which resulted in a decline in food production.

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