That NiMet, Agriculture Sector’s Collaboration for Financial Prosperity, by Dr. Uche Nworah

That NiMet, Agriculture Sector’s Collaboration for Financial Prosperity, by Dr. Uche Nworah
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari and NiMet DG, Charles Anosike
Minister of Agriculture and Meals Safety, Abubakar Kyari and NiMet DG, Charles Anosike


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That NiMet, Agriculture Sector’s Collaboration for Financial Prosperity, by Dr. Uche Nworah

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Meals Safety is a Ministry of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria that has the mandate to make sure meals safety in crop, livestock and fisheries. The ministry can be tasked to stimulate agricultural employment and companies, promote the manufacturing and provide of uncooked supplies to Agro- allied industries, present markets for the merchandise of the commercial sector, generate international change and support rural socio-economic improvement all through Nigeria.

The Nigerian Meteorological Company (NiMet), is a Federal Authorities of Nigeria company charged with the accountability to advise the Federal Authorities on all elements of meteorology. NiMet can be tasked to undertaking, put together and interpret authorities coverage within the discipline of meteorology; and to problem climate (and local weather) forecasts for the secure operations of aircrafts, ocean going vessels and oil rigs.

The Nigerian Meteorological Company (NiMet), and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Meals Safety have previously made strikes to strengthen their current relationship in the direction of bettering agricultural manufacturing and meals safety in Nigeria. The Ministry and NiMet had signed an MoU on the third of March, 2022, to collaborate in numerous areas together with improvement of a dash-board for early warning techniques, capability constructing for employees of the Ministry and different stakeholders on accessing and deciphering data on meteorological parameter adjustments, and the supply of agro-meteorological advisory companies to farmers on particular agricultural commodities. It will appear as if issues quietened down after the MoU was signed.

Nonetheless, at a joint press briefing on NiMet’s 2024 Seasonal Local weather Prediction (SCP), on the occasion of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Meals Safety, Senator Abubakar Kyari, on Tuesday, sixteenth April, 2024, the Honourable Minister and the Director Basic, Chief Government Officer of NiMet, and Nigeria’s everlasting consultant with World Meteorological Group (WMO), Professor Charles Anosike, resolved to strengthen the connection and make it stronger. The Honourable Minister mentioned on the press briefing; “Your presence right here right now, at our headquarters, marks one other milestone within the deliberate and fascinating collaboration and co-operation between our Ministry and your company. Over time, crucial sectors of the financial system, equivalent to aviation, maritime, and agriculture, have come to depend on the Seasonal Local weather Prediction printed by NiMeT often within the first quarter of the yr. The reliability of the Seasonal Local weather Prediction is indicated by elevated recourse to the climate advisories contained therein”.

The Honourable Minister additionally mentioned that NIMET’s Seasonal Local weather Prediction can help in shaping agriculture in Nigeria with regard to details about the sample and length of rainfall throughout the nation’s agronomic zones, when to develop and size of rising season, in addition to dry spells that might event lack of agricultural funding, the place remedial measures should not taken. This in flip helps to spice up the adaptive capability of farmers. Regrettably, there have been farming seasons in Nigeria when farmers didn’t benefit from the institutional recommendation from NIMET, and on their very own misinterpret the rainfall sample, solely to face dry spells that invariably ruined their crops and livelihoods.

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In his remarks, Professor Anosike thanked the Honourable Minister for his management and the sort gesture to strengthen the connection between NiMet and the ministry. “NiMet needs to construct on the database of farmers that the ministry has. Already NiMet disseminates details about seasonal local weather prediction by means of formal engagements with farmers , and thru the media such because the BBC, social media, Radio Nigeria and thru nationwide tv stations.
Nonetheless, numerous gaps nonetheless exist inside the dissemination area. Our purpose is to achieve as many Nigerians as attainable with well timed, correct and actionable climate and local weather data as a part of NiMet Early Warning Drive”

Persevering with, Professor Anosike mentioned; “Meals safety requires constant collaboration with all stakeholders. The SCP as predicted are being manifested however the problem stays disseminating the contents to over 70 million farmers in Nigeria. Farmers must be geared up with data and different sources to make local weather resilient choices”.

It’s noteworthy and inspiring that weeks after the joint press briefing between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Meals Safety and NiMet, there are evidences of the renewed collaboration. That is optimistic and can profit the Nigerian financial system. Data is energy and if Nigerian farmers have climate and local weather data translated of their native languages, they may be capable of make local weather resilient choices equivalent to figuring out when to plant, what species of vegetation and seeds to plant and when to reap to attain better yield.

The 2024 Seasonal Local weather Prediction (SCP) launched by NiMet supplies an outlook of local weather variables to assist enhance decision-making throughout all sectors of the financial system. NiMet’s SCP for 2024 which was initially launched in February 2024, forecasts regular on-set of rains over the northern states.Borno, Abia and Akwa Ibom states are predicted to have early on- units. An early finish to the season is predicted for elements of Yobe, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Cross River, Ebonyi, Ogun and Lagos states.

A late secession is predicted over the southern states of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Ekiti and a part of Edo, Delta, Ogun, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, FCT, Niger and Kaduna states.
Day and Night time time temperatures for January to Might is predicted to be hotter than regular in most elements of the nation. Additionally, many of the North is anticipated to be cooler in March.

The Ministry and NiMet have re-intensified efforts at disseminating NiMet’s seasonal local weather prediction (SCP), utilizing FRCN community service, native radio, native and nationwide press, nationwide and native tv. They’re additionally utilizing social media platforms. Making use of the multi-step data circulation mannequin would require social media savvy stakeholders choosing up the data on-line and sharing similar to the farmers of their numerous communities.

A crucial side of the dissemination is the bodily downscaling of the SCP data to farmers within the numerous communities. This may require the assist of the varied states ministries of agriculture and NGOs working within the agricultural area. They need to assist present downscaling efforts by the ministry and NiMet. From the schedule launched by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Meals Safety, and NiMet, downscaling of SCP data to farmers within the six geopolitical zones have been scheduled as follows; Ondo (thirteenth Might), Imo (fifteenth Might), Delta (seventeenth Might), Niger (twenty second Might), Sokoto (4th June) and Borno (sixth June). Farmers, civil society organizations, states ministries of agriculture, the media and different stakeholders might help in sensitizing the farmers to attend on the dates said for his or her zones.

This initiative by the 2 MDAs is considered as a optimistic step in the direction of enhancing meals safety in Nigeria. It’ll empower our farmers, and has the capability to mitigate the perennial challenges of local weather variability. It’ll on the similar time contribute in the direction of sustainable resilience within the agricultural worth chain.

The total SCP report will be downloaded from www.nimet.gov.ng. The report can be accessible from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture And Meals Safety Abuja, and State Ministries of Agriculture.

Dr. Nworah, a public affairs commentator wrote from Lagos.

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