Communications and Transport Minister, Dora Siliya, says government is committed to supporting the Zambia Meteorological Department in the provision of accurate weather reports to the nation.
Ms. Siliya said the Meteorological Department plays an important role in helping government make informed decisions concerning the weather pattern in Zambia.
She said the Meteorological Department plays an important role in promoting improved performance of the aviation and agriculture sectors and other development efforts.
Ms. Siliya was speaking in Lusaka todaywhen she officiated at a two week World Metrological Oeganisation workshop whose aim is to enhance climate software capabilities and Meteorological data exchange.
She stressed that government is now instituting measures to mitigate the effects of floods because the meteorological department had forecast floods in most parts of the country in the past rainy season.
Ms Siliya, however, said the department is faced with the challenge of technological advancement in dissemination of information especially in the rural parts of the country.
She said technology plays a very important role in dissemination of information and that is why government will support the Department.
Speaking at the same event, World Meteorological Organisation representative, Omar Baddour, said climate change is a global problem which attracts concern from all countries.
Mr.Baddour said climate change brings about such complications as tropical diseases hence the need for much attention to be given to the issue in order for it to be effectively addressed.