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Local farmers to benefit from weather stations

Published:Friday | March 25, 2016 | 3:01 AM

Some 500 farmers are set to benefit from the installation of 30 automated weather stations islandwide.

The weather stations are valued at $18 million and will be installed on farms to help to provide important information about soil moisture, humidity and rainfall.

The weather stations are being provided under the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH), which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Metrological Service of Jamaica will assist with installations and management of the weather stations.

Acting Managing Director of the Met Service Jacqueline Spence says about ten stations have been installed on farms in the central and western regions of the island and research is still being carried out to determine other suitable locations where the stations can be installed.

Spence also said farmers will receive training that will help them to effectively use the weather stations to collect important information.