In its bid to boost the agriculture sector, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has distributed 100 special rain gauges to Nigerian farmers for the monitoring of rainfall distribution and moisture availability.
The special rain gauges were distributed during the just concluded roving seminars on weather, climate and agriculture for farmers in the six geo political zones of the federation.
In a document issued by the agency and obtained by LEADERSHIP, it said that a total of 345 farmers participated in the roving seminars which were aimed at improving national food security through making weather information available to farmers.
The document read in part, “The overall objective of these seminars therefore is to bring weather and climate information to the rural farming communities in order to create further awareness on the importance and advantages of utilising NIMET’s weather and climate information services.”
These services provide the necessary guidance in making operational decisions on their farming activities for increased agricultural yields and minimised risks.”
The document disclosed that the project which was funded by the Spanish State Agency for Meteorological services (AEMET) also aims at reinforcing the capacities of the National Meteorological Services (NMHSS) such as NIMET, as well as increasing interactions between the NMHSS and the farmers/agriculture community in the North and West Africa.
“The aim of the METAGRI project was to spread the experience gained and improve agriculture and food security in all West African countries” it stated.
The project was spear headed by the Director of Applied and Meteorological Services, Mrs. Ukeje Juliana Enyinnaya, and the General Manager, Agro Meteorology, Mr. Ajazi Godwin. Other participants were members of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and Agric Development Programmes (ADPs) of the respective States.