ZAMBIA TO LAUNCH ITS OWN SATELITE
Written by newsroom on February 23, 2022
By Monica Aba Baidoo
Technology and Science Minister Felix Mutati has underscored that when Zambia launches its own Satellite in space within the projected 2 years timeframe, it will enhance accuracy in weather forecast and provide updated imagery for purposes of mapping.
Mr. Mutati has explained that the weather forecast given by the Zambia Meteorological Department has been not been so accurate especially where rainfall is involved, a situation that has paused challenges for planning in the agricultural sector with regards to the onset, duration and distribution of rainfall.
Mr. Mutati has attributed the inaccuracies to the use of the SADC regional weather forecast which is only downscaled to a Zambian context.
He said in the agricultural sector, the satellite will also be beneficial in plant security regarding the outbreak of migratory pests such as locusts and army worms.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mutati said the satellite once launched in space will address challenges faced by the Zambia National Spatial Data Infrastructure which is under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources acting as a geospatial information system with a centralized database.
He further said the ministry will also implement a national land audit and titling programme and the satellite will come in handy to provide high accuracy in mapping areas of development among others, roads, waste disposal and other uses in physical planning and land use.