NiMet Flags off Sensitization on Weather Predictions for Farmers

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by Chris Nyamtu – Lafia

Nigeria Meteorological Agency NiMet has flagged off sensitization workshop for farmers and policy makers in Nasarawa State on climate change information services to enhance food production in the country.

At the workshop in Lafia, Director- General of NiMet Professor Mansur Bako Matazu said the agency had strengthened its capacity to ensure farmers have access to accurate and effective information on seasonal predictions.

The Director – General represented by Chief Agricultural Meteorologist of the agency Mr James Adamu said given the importance of weather and climate to life, there was need for periodic engagements with stakeholders, especially farmers to equip them with adequate information about the predictions to enable them make informed decisions.

Participants in a workshop on climate change information services in Lafia.

He stated that farmers in Benue and Nasarawa States recorded high losses in 2021 farming season due to lack of adequate information about the seasonal predictions that will guide them on which crops to plant, where and what time hence the need to step up sensitization.

Executive Secretary, Human Environmental Development Agenda HEDA, one of the organizers of the workshop Mr Sulaimon Arigbadu called on Government at all levels to focus more on providing adequate information for farmers to ensure food security in the country.

National President of Small-Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria, Mr Joshua Jonatha said NiMet had over the years been generating a lot of weather information but they hardly get to farmers due to several barriers.

Mr.Janathan however pointed out that the workshop would serve as a guide to farmers on how to access and use the information on seasonal predictions by NiMet.

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