Abuja, Four other States to Witness Shorter Planting Season – NiMet
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency on Tuesday released its 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) and stated that the Federal Capital Territory, and four other states would witness shorter Planting season this year.
The four states includes; Lagos, Kwara, Osun and Oyo, while Sokoto, Yobe, Nasarawa, parts of Ondo, Edo, Imo, Cross River and Abia would experience longer planting season for 2021 by five to 13 days.
NiMet said the shorter length of season might range between five to 14 days.
“However, other parts of the country will remain within the normal range (variation within five days) of predicted length of season for each location,” the agency stated in its 2021 SCP.
It said the forecast would enable farmers make considerable plan towards the cycle of planting they could embark on in 2021 as the length of the growing season forecast for 2021 ranged from 110 days to 290 days.
NiMet explained that the Niger Delta, Rivers and Cross River in the South-East coast would have the longest season, which could prolong beyond 290 days.
The 2021 seasonal climate prediction showed that for the farming community in the inland areas of the South, the length of season would likely span between 210 and 260 days and in the North, the length of season is expected between 110 to 160 days,” it stated.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who inaugurated the 2021 SCP in Abuja, said the 2021 onset of the growing season was predicted to be normal to earlier than normal in most parts of the country.
“The earliest onset date is likely to occur on the 1st March, 2021 along the coastal line of the country while the latest date is anticipated to be around 29th June in the northernmost parts of the country.
“However, later-than-normal onset dates are expected over a few places such as parts of Lagos, Ogun, Kebbi and Niger states.” He said.
Sirika enjoined operators in the aviation, agriculture, sports and other sectors of the economy that depend on the climate to make good use of the 2021 SCP.
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