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NiMet, NIRSAL Plc to Collaborate, Boost Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Plc have announced that they will partner on several projects to boost agricultural productivity in Nigeria.

This comes following a meeting that was held on Wednesday between the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Professor Charles Anosike and NIRSAL’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Abbas Umar Masanawa at NIRSAL Plc’s headquarters in Abuja.

“The urgency of climate action requires that critical stakeholders collaborate, invest in preparedness and ensure that smallholder farmers are protected by early warnings of climate disaster. NiMet is keen on exploring opportunities for both NiMet and NIRSAL to partner in de-risking agriculture. With the work that NiMet does and the data it generates on a daily basis, this will help farmers to plan effectively and efficiently,” Professor Anosike said.

The NiMet boss added: “Climate change impacts greatly on farming activities and agricultural yield, hence the need for data-driven farming operations. This will help to de-risk the agricultural value chain.”

Similarly, NIRSAL’s MD, Mr. Masanawa in his remarks disclosed that NiMet has done well over the years not only in the aviation sector but also in the other economic sectors including agriculture.

His words: “The DG/CEO of NiMet, Professor Charles Anosike and his team have been doing very well not only in aviation but in agriculture as well. NIRSAL is interested in collaborating with them to support small holder farmers for increased productivity. This is in line with NIRSAL’s mandate.”

He also noted that collaborating with NiMet is critical as the focus will be on increasing primary production.

“This will be beneficial to all as the farmers are the ones that are most vulnerable. We are also happy that NiMeT downscales its weather and climate data and information in different local Nigerian languages for wider reach and understanding.”

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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