The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has identified traditional beliefs, highly technical scientific information, poor communications, language barrier, among others, as key challenges in providing agrometeorological information to farmers in the country.
To meet the challenges and ensure that its products and services reach the required destinations and achieve the desired impacts, NiMET Managing Director Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu said the agency relies on partnerships and collaborations, thanks to to whom she was able to reach several clients. over the years with testimonials and positive feedback.
The aim of such a partnership, he said, was to involve stakeholders on their role in the co-production and co-ownership of agrometeorological products for effective understanding and use of the products, as promoted by NiMet and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Matazu pointed out that it also provides NiMet with a platform to develop a sustainable communication channel to end users and better appreciate the needs of stakeholders.
He NiMet spoke as the keynote speaker at the one-day workshop on Developing a Feedback Framework for the Delivery of Climate Information Services in Nigeria in Lagos.
According to Matazu, “One of these partnerships is the one with the Human and Environmental Development Program (HEDA) which started in 2018 and has peaked to date. Some of the activities include: the 2018 Feed Future Africa (AGROCONNECT) workshop held in Lagos, Nigeria ”
He noted that in 2020 a dialogue on Improving the delivery of agro-meteorological information services for resilient food systems in Nigeria: challenges, perspectives and partnerships was conducted, adding that despite the COVID-19 pandemic , a virtual reduction in the NiMet Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) was conducted that covered over a thousand key farmers, extension workers and other stakeholders during the Covid-19 lockdown in ten -nine northern states and the CTF, including production of a weather information manual for farmers.
“Finally, in December 2021, public meetings were held in Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kwara, Ogun and Oyo states on the theme:” The role of stakeholders in making the SCP effective in strengthening the resilience of our food systems. “
Matazu congratulated the management of the Human and Environmental Development Program (HEDA) under the supervision of Mr. Arigbabu Sulaimon and the whole HEDA family for the impacts recorded in the agricultural value chain through the use of weather and climate information and their applications in the promotion of Food Safety.
According to the NiMet Boss Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Program (CASP) which covered 104 LGAs and 727 villages with more than 60,000 farmers and extension workers were trained in the states of Jigawa, Katsina, Borno, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara between 2017 and 2021.
He said the agency maintains strong and effective collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Agricultural Research Institute (IAR) on Climate Smart Villages, the International Institute of Agriculture. (IITA) on Climate-Smart Farming Practices, the Center for Dry-Land Agriculture (CDA), USAID Market, state governments and other key MDAs to provide agrometeorological information to farming communities across the country.