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Adoption of climate information’ll help farmers reduce losses – NiMET

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) yesterday blamed the huge loss in agricultural produce in the country to the non-utilisation of climate information by farmers. NiMET insisted that utilisationof climateinformation by farmersiskey toachieving food security in Nigeria. The agency therefore appealed to farmers to take advantage of its weather prediction information to plan their farming activities and crop planting calendar to mitigate losses in agricultural produce. NiMET Head of Climate Services Unit, Adeleke Oyegade, gave the advice at a one-day mid-season interactive workshop for agriculture stakeholders yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The workshop was organised by HEDA in conjunction with Oxfam, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA); African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands, to sensitise farmers on the importance of utilising climate information to boost productivity. Oyegade called for collaboration between NiMET, farmers and other stakeholders in ensuring that farmers get accurate and reliable climate information to help them prevent losses in their produce due to harsh weather conditions.

“As an agency commissioned by the government to provide climate information and to make sure that the information reaches as many people as possible, what Ni- MET is doing is that every year, this information is provided for the whole country and also scales it down for all the states of the federation. “It is important that farmers have timely and correct weather information to help them plan their activities because this will mitigate the huge losses they record yearly as a result of unfavourable weather conditions. “Farmers must consider weather information before embarking on farming activities. It is painful that so much effort is being put into the production of climate information for farmers to plan their activities, but they are not making use of the information.”

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