FSWG Visits NiMet on Crop Evaluation Tour
The DG/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi (R) presents some NiMet publications to the Team Leader, Food Security Work Group (FSWG), Mr Traore Martial during the group's visit to NiMet headquarters, Abuja. . . Tuesday
A joint mission of agro-based, weather and climate professionals under the auspices of Food Security Working Group, FSWG, Nigeria, visited the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, in order to evaluate the progress of this season’s agro-pastoral campaign closely with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services Institution of the country.
The FSWG comprises of astute professionals from the Famine Early Warning Systems Networks, FEWS-NET, The Agricultural and Hydrological Meteorology, AGRHYMET, Niamey, Niger Republic, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services, NAERLS, Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA as well as Non-Governmental Organizations whose focus is solely on ensuring that there is adequate food security in the country.
According to the Team Leader, TRAORE Martial, ’’the overall objective of the 2017 Joint Mission is to assess the situation and the progress of the crop year in close collaboration with international and national structures (NiMet, NAERLS, NIHSA etc), NGOs and other partners involved in the monitoring of crop and food security situations in the country and the West African sub-region in general’’.
The assessment report would provide an insight into how the 2017/2018 cropping season in Nigeria progressed, based on agro-meteorological and phytosanitary conditions that prevailed during the season. It would also highlight the food accessibility through food item prices, the nutritional status as well as areas in the country at high risk of food insecurity.
Responding to the Team Leader’s speech, the Director-General/CEO, NiMet, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, who welcomed the delegation, re-echoed the importance of weather as an important factor that could make or mar crop and food security “Weather is the single most important input as long as farming is concerned. Without weather there can never be crop productivity’’, he said.
Professor Mashi, also promised that NiMet would provide tailor-made forecasts, specifically for the areas and regions requested for by the joint mission.
The process of crop and food security evaluation is an annual activity aimed at assessing the level of production for various crops and analyzing the food security situation in the country. The exercise which is not only restricted to Nigeria, had already been conducted in other coastal countries like Ivory Coast, Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia.