NiMet, Agric Ministry’s Collaboration Boosts Nigerian Economy – Minister

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has hailed its partnership with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) as one which has the potential to boost Nigeria’s economy.

NiMet and the ministry have been working together to enhance agricultural production and food security in Nigeria. They signed an MoU in March 2022 to collaborate on early warning systems, capacity building and agro-meteorological advisory services.

At a press briefing on NiMet’s 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction, the Minister of Agriculture, Senator Abubakar Kyari and NiMet’s director-general, Professor Charles Anosike pledged to strengthen their relationship. The minister highlighted the importance of NiMet’s forecasts for sectors like aviation, maritime and agriculture.

NiMet’s Seasonal Climate Prediction can guide agricultural decisions by providing information on rainfall patterns, growing seasons, and potential dry spells. Collaborative efforts aim to disseminate this information widely to farmers through various channels.

The renewed collaboration between the agency and the ministry shows promise for the Nigerian economy. Providing weather information in local languages can empower farmers to make informed decisions, leading to increased yields.

NiMet’s 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction forecasts normal rainfall onset in northern states and varying patterns in other regions. The dissemination of this information is crucial for stakeholders to reach farmers effectively.

Efforts to downscale and disseminate NiMet’s predictions to farmers across Nigeria are underway. The involvement of various stakeholders, including state ministries of agriculture and NGOs, is essential for successful implementation.

This collaborative initiative is a positive step towards enhancing food security and building resilience in Nigeria’s agricultural sector. It has the potential to address climate challenges and contribute to sustainable agricultural practices.

For the full SCP report, visit or contact the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in Abuja or state ministries of agriculture.

Oluchi Okorafor
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