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NiMet advises Nasarawa farmers on how to avoid losses

By Faridat Salifu

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has advised farmers in Nasarawa State to pay close attention to seasonal climate predictions and crop-weather calendars for the 2024 planting season.

NiMET gavecthe advise during a recent virtual workshop organized by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resources Centre in collaboration with NiMet and supported by African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) through Oxfam.

The Chief Meteorologist (Agriculture) at NiMet, James Adamu, stressed the importance of adhering to the crop-weather calendar.

He said the tool provides crucial information on the best planting dates based on the seasonal climate forecast.

Adamu emphasized that following the growing season prediction and crop-weather calendar would enable farmers to better understand how climate and weather influence their farming activities.

He noted that Nasarawa State is projected to have a short growing season in 2024, with the season expected to end between October 18 and 27.

In addition, the Chief Meteorologist highlighted that the state might face a dry spell lasting 15 days between July and August 2024.

Speaking during the workshop, the National President of the Association of Small-Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN), Joshua Jonathan emphasized the importance of farmers utilizing the information provided by NiMet to make informed decisions about their farming practices.

The workshop, attended by 50 participants including farmers and extension agents from all three Senatorial districts of the state, aimed to equip attendees with essential knowledge for their agricultural activities.

Participants such as Alokoson Isaiah, Director of Technical Services at the Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme, Esther Rinze, and Justina Bala expressed their commitment to sharing the insights gained during the workshop with their communities.

As the farming community in Nasarawa prepares for the 2024 planting season, the emphasis on timely and accurate weather information is set to guide farmers towards a more sustainable and productive agricultural approach.


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