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Cloud Seeding Operations Depend On ‘Towering Cumulus’ Clouds Presence

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KOTA BAHARU – Cloud seeding is not conducted nearly as frequently because its success depends on the availability of towering cumulus clouds, said Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.

He said the government had adequate funds to conduct cloud seedings and was constantly monitoring movements of the towering cumulus clouds.

“We have done so many (cloud seeding) and money is not the problem as we have sufficient funds.

“The problem is with the towering cumulus clouds (rarely available). If the clouds are present we can carry on with our operation at any time with 95 per cent success rate guaranteed,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after opening an Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2016 Carnival at Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) in Kota Baharu, here today.

Also present were Kota Baharu KPTM director Mohd Asri Mohammad and Kelantan Meteorological Department director Maqrun Fadzli Mohd Fahmi.

Dr Abu Bakar added that the government spent between RM30,000 to RM80,000 for each cloud seeding operation using a Cessna light plane or a Charlie C-130 belonging to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). – BERNAMA

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