NiMET to Farmers: Don’t be deceived – avoid early plantation, expect near-normal rainfall   

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From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

Ahead of 2020 rain onset, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has advised farmers in the country to avoid early farm cultivation.

This is to prevent losses, as there would be false onset of rainfall.

The agency also announced to Nigerians to expect near-normal to above-normal rainfall across the nation.

“A normal to above normal rainfall is expected generally in the country. It is expected that total rainfall amounts will range from 400 millimetres (mm) in the North to about 3,000 mm in the South,” Hadi Sirika, the Aviation Minister said at the unveiling of this year’s rainfall pattern.

According to the 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) launched recently in Abuja, themed: The Role of Climate Information for Decision Making in a Changing Climate, rainfall should be expected on 24th February in southern part of the country.

However, the report predicted 2nd June as date for rain onset in the northern states.

The earliest cessation date is expected on 26th September around Katsina and Sokoto states while the latest cessation date is expected on 28th December in the Niger Delta region.

In addition, states that experienced flooding in previous years are predicted to experience same at the peak of the rainfall this year.

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