Bernama, 27 May 2014
MELAKA, May 27 (Bernama) — The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry(Mosti) will conduct cloud seeding daily to face the El Nino phenomenon which is expected to occur for six months from early June.
Its deputy minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah said this was aimed at lessening the heat due to the phenomenon.
He said the cloud seeding would be carried out at the request of the National Security Council at a cost of RM30,000 for every flight to conduct it.
“Mosti have received a directive and allocation from the government to carry out cloud seeding for the duration of the phenomenon,” he told reporters after opening the Creativity and Science4u carnival at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Lintang here today.
Commenting on Mosti’s preparedness in facing the El Nino, he said cloud seeding would require the presence of the cumulonimbus cloud to speed up the production of rain.
In another development, Abu Bakar said the process of developing the second Malaysian mini satellite, RazakSAT-2 was going well and it was expected to be launched in March 2016.
He said the satellite would focus on mapping technology for agricultural development, early detection of natural disasters, national security and the military.
Meanwhile he said RM1 million had been allocated this year to finance programmes based on innovation and creativity, including the Creativity and Science4u carnival, at primary and secondary schools nationwide.
He said five schools involving 40,000 students had taken part in the programme and the ministry targeted the involvement of seven more by year’s end.