Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has predicted that some parts of the country may experience food shortage caused by drought and flooding.
The annual predictions were reeled out yesterday by Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika in Abuja, adding that there would be a dry spell in some parts of the country for up to 15 days which may wipe away houses and other properties.
“What we recorded last year is going to be what we will record this year, but what is more important is the likelihood of dry spell, which is going to be greater compared to what we had last year in terms of spatial coverage and more places are likely going to be affected.
“This year, severe dry spells are predicted in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, and Borno in June and July which may last between two and three weeks after the onset,” Sirika said.
While explaining that the length of the growing season will vary from 110 days in the North to over 300 days in the South, he said the implication is that on the average, those in the North should not plant crops that would take more 100 days to mature, while those in the South may plant crops twice since they have over 300 days.
On the amount of rainfall expected in 2021, he said: “A normal to above-normal annual rainfall amount is expected for most parts of the country. However, below-normal rainfall totals are expected over a few places in the North-western parts of the country such as Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Kano States”.
Director-General of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi, added that the agency will partner with traditional rulers to ensure that the prediction reaches core farmers and those in the rural areas.
He also revealed that NiMet has increased its meteorological stations from 54 to 200 through its partnership with universities and other higher institutions across the country.
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