NiMet, LIFE-ND Collaborate to Train Abia Farmers On 2024 Weather Prediction

100 farmers have been trained on the 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction.

The one-day training, which held in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, was organised by the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise for Niger Delta (LIFE-ND), in collaboration with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).

It drew participants from Abia, Delta and Cross River States.

The Coordinator of LIFE-ND Abia state, Dr. Uchenna Onyeizu, said the training was aimed at informing the farmers of possible climatic conditions, which might take place during the year.

Dr. Onyeizu, pointed out that most farmers operated without knowledge of weather and climatic conditions, adding the information gathered at the training will help the farmers make informed decisions.

He said: “This is a high level interactive session for our beneficiaries, where we have representatives in different communities that LIFE-ND is very active.

“Our experts from the Federal Ministry of Environment have been able to bring out the map of Abia and show the different climatic conditions in terms of total rainfall and how it is distributed across the various local government areas and communities.”

The General Manager, Agro- meteorology, NiMet, Dr Haruna Zakari, said the agency had collaborated with LIFE-ND in the past three years in sensitising clusters of farmers across six states in the application of weather and climate information.

Dr. Zakari, who is also the Technical Assistant to NiMet Director-General and CEO, Prof. Charles Anosike, said that the farmers were expected to use the information to reduce the risk in their farming chain activities as well as improve their productivity.

“We do this seasonal climate prediction as an early warning tool, giving out information to all sectors in the country, especially agriculture, which is one of the focal points of the government.

“It is actually for people to plan, given a foresight of what is going to be the outlook of the season from January to December, to increase food security,” he said.

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LIFE-ND National Officer for Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Bemigho Wategire, and Abia LIFE-ND Environment and Climate Change Specialist, Mr Chidozie Kanu, said the training involved cropping calendar and livestock.

They said it was a train-the-trainers technical support for the participants, as the beneficiaries were expected to return to their various communities and step down what they learnt to other farmers.

According to them, the agency had put a monitoring mechanism in place to ensure that its efforts were not in vain.

They added that beneficiaries are also supported with gadgets, such as weather station, to help them read the temperature for the day to know if it would likely rain.

LIFE-ND is sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, in collaboration with the Federal Government, to boost agricultural production in the Niger Delta.

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