NIGERIAN Meteorological
Agency, NIMET, has predicted
that unusual pattern caused by
climate change being experienced
in different parts of the country
would affect this year’s farming
activities in states of the north.
The director general of NITET,
Dr Anthony C. Anuforom made
the prediction in Katsina at the
weekend at the presentation of
2016 Katsina downscale season
rainfall prediction.
Dr Anuforom said extreme
weather events such as flooding,
violent storm, heat waves and
drought now occurred more
frequently with increasing
intensity and continuously posed
threats to lives and wellbeing in
Nigeria.
He, however, said forecasts
by NIMET were effective tools
for adaption and reducing
vulnerability to those extreme
weather events.
Anuforom called on state
governments to partner with
NIMET to provide customised
and state specific forecasts for
safety of lives and properties.
He said the seasoned rainfall
presentation (SRIP) submitted
to Katsina State government
provided information on the
expected rainfall and temperature
in 2016 rainy season.
Earlier, Minister of State for
Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika
said global warming and climate
change was necessary for farmers
to use science based weather and
climate information to plan and
manage their farming activities.
Senator Sirika said this year’s
NIMET prediction indicated the
likelihood of delayed onset, early
cessation and less than normal
rainfall in several parts of the
north.
“We cannot afford to ignore
such early warmings because
of the dire consequences.
Neglecting such forecast in the
past led to crop failures and
replanting which is burden to our
peasant farmers.”
He said it is important for all
stakeholders to use science based
forecast to manage the risks
associated with irregular rainfall
so as to reduce the negative
impacts on rainfall dependent
sector.
In his speech, Katsina State
governor, Aminu Bello Masari
said his administration would
continue to set its machineries for
information and policy advocacy
on climate change and adoption
of strategies for sustainable
livelihood for the teeming
populatio


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