National Programme for Food Security Team Visits NiMet
The National Programme for Food Security, NPFS, has sought the assistance of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, to assess crop performance and progress during the 2018/19 cropping season in the country.
At a meeting in the Corporate headquarters of NiMet, Abuja, the Head of the delegation, Mr. Godwin Owochio, said, “NiMet is a very essential stakeholder to the National Programme for Food Security because they provide the predictions which we use to advice farmers so they can experience a bumper harvest, and as you know, crop assessment cannot be done without taking into account climate information hence, the reason for this visit’’.
This programme is part of the monitoring of the ECOWAS and the Sahel member countries’ with the general aim of assessing the situation and progress of the cropping season by meeting national stakeholders concerned with seasonal crop monitoring, rainfall and food monitoring, hazard management and by visiting some areas in the country in order to take stock of the situation in the field.
Meanwhile, in his welcome remarks, the Director-General/CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, represented by the Director of Finance and Account, Mr. Reuben Jigah, assured the NPFS team that NiMet would provide the needed technical support in form of data and products in order to justify the analysis arrived at by the team.
He stated that besides the agency’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction which includes length of growing season, period of dry spells, rainfall pattern etc, NiMet has also increased the density of its Meteorological stations from 57 to 111, thereby positioning the agency on a perfect footing to fulfill all the needs of the team.
Jigah reiterated that NiMet would continue to cooperate with organizations because by doing so, the agency is fulfilling its mandate both nationally and internationally.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet would provide the needed data and information that would enhance the crop assessment analysis’ efficacy and validity by the National Programme for Food Security Team.