NIMET Alerts Of Drought, Food Crisis

Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET) has alerted of a likely drought in some parts of the north this year, due to the predicted acute shortage of rain

The dry spell, according to the agency, is expected in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa in North West region and Yobe and Borno in North East region

Aviation minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, who made this known while reading weather prediction of the agency, says the dry spell expected in June and July may lead to food crisis

The length of planting season, according to the forecast will vary from 110 days in the north and over 300 days in the south

The weather forecast, according to him, also predict that there will be an earlier onset of rainfall on March 1 in coastal areas, and June 29 in northernmost parts of the country

Also, Lagos, Ogun, Kebbi and Niger States are expected to experience later than normal onset of rainfall The minister also says that rain is projected to stop as from October 9 in Katsina and parts of the north, and December 25 in the Niger Delta region

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