A new weather radar valued at approximately US$3 million has been purchased by the Government for the Meteorological Station at Coopers Hill, St. Andrew.
This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his Budget presentation in Gordon House, on Thursday (March 19).
He said the reason for this purchase is to improve Jamaica’s data-collection efforts and increase predictive capabilities for managing climate impacts, which are critical.
“We have also signed a contract for the design and installation of a new dual-polarisation doppler radar to replace the now obsolete system by December 2020,” Mr. Holness said.
“Under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience/Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (PPCR/APFM), US$4.7 million in grants and US$2.5 million in loans were disbursed to support implementation of climate resilience building within MSMEs (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) in both the agricultural and tourism sectors, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), community-based organisations and select public-sector agencies,” the Prime Minister added.