Climate change: Expert cautions farmers against early planting

An agriculture expert, Mr Ismail Olawale, has cautioned  farmers against early planting of crops, as climate change continues to affect rainfall pattern.

Olawale, a Fellow at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

The expert said that a recent prediction of dry spell by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in some parts of the country required that local farmers should  not rush into crop  planting.

“Local farmers should be patient and a bit critical in their timing of planting season.

“They need to work with the realities of climate change.

“Our farmers need critical analysis and information in order to commence planting season at the right time,” he said.

Olawale noted that NIMET recently released rain pattern prediction for year 2021 and warned of dry spell in some parts of the country and heavy rains in some other parts.

He said that in spite the information, some farmers still depended on indigenous knowledge of predicting planting seasons.

Olawale cautioned local farmers against depending solely on such knowledge, saying that they should  come to terms with climate change realities.

He said  that climate change had continued to heat up and impact negatively on farming communities around the world.

He said that climate change represented one of the biggest challenges to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that made the world habitable.

“Now is the time for all to address every unchecked damage to our environment,” he said.  (NAN)