The Nigerian Meteorological Agency has predicted an early cessation of rainfall for the year 2017, especially in the northern part of Nigeria, resulting in shorter than normal length of growing season.
Speaking in Abuja while presenting the 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction, the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Professor SaniMashi, said the expected ‘below normal’ rainfall, will pose a challenge for food production.
Professor Mashi, therefore advised that rain water harvesting should be encouraged by the government at all levels during the rainy season.
This according to him, would enable farmers engage in dry season farming later in the year.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator HadiSirika, while unveiling the 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and the 2016 Climate Review Bulletin, also enumerated benefits of the prediction.