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Farmers take advantage of NiMet forecast for more crops

By Obinna Unaeze The Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Niger said farmers in the state were producing more crops due to weather forecasts from the Meteorological Agency of Nigeria (NiMet).

Alhaji Abdulrahman Yusuf, AFAN vice-president in the state, revealed this Thursday during an interview with the Nigerian news agency in Minna.

“We are taking advantage of NiMet’s prediction that the rains will stop by November instead of October to plant more crops.

“Right now we are growing crops that will take 45 to 60 days to mature,” he said.

Yusuf said the measure would increase food production in the state and the country as a whole.

He said the rains which were expected to end by mid-November would help farmers continue with late crops.

The AFAN official said some of the crops involved in late planting include cowpeas, short kaura, okra, bell pepper and tomatoes.

He urged farmers in the state to take advantage of the late seizure of the rains as planned by NiMet to grow more crops to increase food production.

recalls that Yusuf had, in an interview on September 3, predicted a bumper harvest for farmers due to weather forecasts.

further reports that AFAN has around 1.6 million members in the state.

Source: NAN

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