NIMET warns farm­ers against early crop­ping

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

Kogi In­spec­tor of the Nige­rian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NIMET), Mr. Olusina Osun­lalu, has cau­tioned farm­ers against early cul­ti­va­tion and plant­ing of crops in view of the false on­set of rains.

Osun­lalu, who stated this at the weekend, urged farm­ers to wait for the rain to start fall­ing and not rely on the spo­radic rains to com­mence their farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the in­ter­mit­tent rain­falls be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced were not ad­e­quate to pre­pare the soil for proper ger­mi­na­tion of crops, say­ing any crop planted now would wither away.

The in­spec­tor said that this year’s pre­dicted rain­fall for the North-Cen­tral and South­ern parts of the coun­try was a nor­mal on­set that would sup­port healthy yields for ce­real and tu­ber crops through­out the farm­ing sea­son.

Osun­lalu said that the pre­dic­tion of NIMET put the on­set pe­riod of the rains at April 15 and would, ex­pect­edly, be fol­lowed by un­ceas­ing rain­falls, urg­ing farm­ers to take ad­van­tage of the pre­dic­tions to plant their crops early enough to en­able bumper har­vests.

He, how­ever, at­trib­uted the early or false on­set of the rains, with the like­li­hood of shorter du­ra­tion of the rainy sea­son as well as high in­ten­sity and flash flood­ing among other iden­ti­fied cli­matic con­di­tions to the much touted cli­mate change.

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