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June 21, 2024

NiMet to Nasarawa Farmers: ‘Adhere to Seasonal Climate Prediction, Crop-weather Calendar’ 

The Chief Meteorologist (Agriculture), Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, James Adamu, has advised farmers in Nasarawa State to adhere to seasonal climate prediction and crop-weather calendar for the 2024 planting season in order to prevent losses.

The expert gave the advice during a one-day virtual workshop for 2024 seasonal climate prediction and crop – weather calendar for Nasarawa State.

The workshop was organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resources Centre in collaboration with NiMet, with support from African Activists for Climate Justice through Oxfam.

According to Mr Adamu, the crop – weather calendar is a veritable tool that provides timely information on best planting dates based on the seasonal climate prediction.

He explained that farmers’ adherence to growing season prediction and crop – weather calendar would help them to understand how each farming activity is being influenced by climate and weather.

“Crop-weather calendar helps farmers to understand the time for different farming activities and the kind of additional climate information that would be useful to them,” he said.

The Chief Meteorologist, Agriculture stated that Nasarawa State was among the states predicted to experience a short length of growing season.

“The growing season for 2024 is expected to end from 18 to 27 of October, the earliest cessation is predicted to be October 18 around Karu Local Government Area while the latest is from October 27 in the Doma LGA respectively,” he said.

Mr Adamu noted that Nasarawa State was also predicted to experience dry spell between July and August, 2024, noting that it would last for 15 days.

Also speaking,  National President, Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria, an implementing partner in Nasarawa State, Joshua Jonathan, said that the 50 participants’ workshop included farmers and extension agents drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state.

He said that the essence of the workshop was to make information available to farmers to be able to make decisions on their farming activities.

He said: “NiMet has predicted this year’s rainfall pattern, as well as a dry spell in July and August, it is now left for farmers to make decisions on what types of crops they are expected to plant within the period to survive. It means that we should shift from normal agricultural practice to smart agricultural practice.’’

Some participants, including the Director, Technical Services, Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme, Alokoson Isaiah, Esther Rinze and Justina Bala, promised to take back to their communities what they learnt from the workshop.

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