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Farmers Urged to Prioritize Weather Forecasts for Enhanced Food Security

By Grace Samuel

Agriculture experts are emphasizing the critical importance of farmers in Nigeria incorporating weather forecasts into their farming strategies to mitigate potential losses caused by climate change.

Mr. Omotunde Banjoko, an agriculture analyst, stressed the necessity for farmers to consult the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) for weather information before commencing farming activities.

He emphasized aligning farming schedules with NiMet’s predictions to optimize productivity and minimize risks associated with unpredictable weather patterns.

Banjoko reiterated the significance of adhering to weather forecasts to avoid agricultural losses, acknowledging the undeniable impact of climate change on farming practices.

He advised farmers to select seeds that can withstand changing weather conditions to minimize additional costs.

Akin Alabi, an agriculture consultant and co-founder of Corporate Farmers International, highlighted the importance of information and investment in irrigation in modern agricultural practices.

He stressed the need for farmers to invest in automated irrigation systems and alternative energy sources like solar power to combat climate change effects and ensure consistent water supply for their farms.

Despite challenges such as delayed farming seasons, Mr. Uche Ikenga, a crop farmer, expressed optimism about this year’s harvest.

He encouraged fellow farmers to remain committed to their efforts despite climate variability challenges, emphasizing maximizing the remaining planting cycles for a successful harvest.

The advice from experts underscores the relevance of current climate challenges impacting farming practices in Nigeria. With unpredictable weather patterns, it is crucial for farmers to plan activities based on weather forecasts provided by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

Incorporating modern agricultural practices like investing in automated irrigation systems and alternative energy sources will aid in combating climate change effects and ensuring consistent water supply for farms.

Despite climate variability challenges, farmers must stay committed to their efforts and make the most of remaining planting cycles for food security and successful harvests.

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