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WMO Helps Bangladesh Strengthen its Agrometeorological Services

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

17 December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is helping the Bangladesh Meteorological Department to upgrade and strengthen its network of agrometeorological observatories, as announced at the opening of a national seminar on agrometeorology taking place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Other international organizations such as the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme are also participating in the seminar to discuss the country's need for improved weather and climate data in support of agriculture.

The existing meteorological, hydrological and agrometeorological

services in Bangladesh do not have the capability to provide seasonal

climate forecasts, especially because of the wide variations in

flooding and droughts caused by monsoon rains.

Seasonal

predictions and advisories through improved weather and climate

information can assist in better planning and use of land for

agricultural management.

At the request of the Government of

Bangladesh, the WMO has been reviewing the existing agrometeorological

services in the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, including the

technical and other resources available. Based thereon, the WMO has

developed recommendations to improve the current national

agrometeorological station network to ensure the timely delivery of

agrometeorological information and products. [WMO Press Release]