The need to sensitize Nigerian Rural Farmers on Climate Change

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The need to sensitize Nigerian Rural Farmers on Climate Change

The need to sensitize Nigerian Rural Farmers on Climate Change

The grand patron African Climate reporters Dr yusuf Nadabo has stressed the importance of organizing a massive campaign throughout the entire 36 states of Nigeria with the aims of sensitizing  local rural farmers about Climate change ,desertification,  environment and general ecological challenges , so as to enabled them learnt on various technics and ways of  improving their farming activities.

Nadabo make the called during a chat with the pen guys in kaduna while calling on all stake holders on agriculture production and research institutes    to start taking climate change campaign to rural farmers through their various groups in the rural areas.

According to him, Climate change is real ,and  is one of the global issues which we must of necessarily tackle  in order to prevent global warming for the survival of  plants ,animals, living organism  and mankind in general.

Nadabo stressed that Climate change education for all Nigerian Rural farmers  is therefore vital in every community in order to prepare them  for any challenges associated with climate change impacts ,and to learn how to adapt effectively through embracing new technics of farming with the aims of boosting agricultural production  in the country.

The need to sensitize Nigerian Rural Farmers on Climate Change

He note that ,global Warming is also part of the Major Problems of Food and Agriculture in Nigeria. “Must of our rural farmers are not aware of climate change  or the term Global warming  due to lack of information and hence the need for all necessary organization to embarks  on massive educative campaign in both rural and urban areas,so as to help them”.

“indeed our local rural farmers were left backward  in terms of accessing information related to climate change, weather focus, new improved crops species and advance of new farming technics”.

“Majority of them are still using subsistence farming due to lack of capital and support from Agencies”.

“Very few of them practice mechanize  system of farming in the northern region of Nigeria”.

Nadabo said, large number of agricultural land are in the northern states of Nigeria are now turning to  sahara- desert due to problems associated with desertification, deforestation, environmental degradation, extraction of natural resources, bush-burning, continuous demand of firewood and charcoal business.

“Forest Destructions and Over-grazing of Animals has really turned a lot of Nigeria’s Farmlands into Deserts”.

He said, this factor has lead  to declining soil capacity for agricultural production, increased natural disaster, Flood and extreme weather challenges.

Many Nigerian Farming Communities that only Depends on Rainfall, are now faced with Severe Droughts, Erosions,  and Landslides.

Adding that Climate change has so many impact in agricultural sector  in Nigeria with affect  irregular  rail fall, the declining agricultural produc-tivity,  and unpredictable farming calendar, biodiversity loss, drying lakes, famine, social unrest (farmers and herdsmen clash), poverty, worsening food insecurity situation, heat stress.

“All our rural local farmers need to be acquainted with new ways on adapting to ecological challenges in order to combat climate change”.

He then called on extension workers  to be organizing series of campaign to the rural farmers on issues related to climate change and how they could respond through adopting new strategies.

Further more, he suggest that there should an annual Climate change adaptation summits with all necessary Agricultural NGO /CSO , and government agencies in specific regions in rural areas of  Nigeria to ensure that the farmers are well educated, equipped, and able to network with one another so as to adapt effectively.

Nadabo added that  some of the practices typically associated with sustainable agriculture can also help increase the resilience of the agricultural system to impact of climate change, such as, diversifying crop rotations ,integrating livestock with crop production systems, improving soil quality, minimizing off-farm flows of nutrients and pesticides.

Also responding science climatologist Comrade Nurudden bello of African climate reporters also appealed to volunteers experts to be carrying the campaign to networks of local farmers located closer to their community.

He pointed out that providing climate change information, extension services, and creating access to markets are crucial.

He concluded by drawing the attention  of local farmers on the importance of listening to weather focus on their radio , so as to enabled  have a good plan for their farming season.

While calling on media houses to create more time for agricultural programs than political news.

He then called on Agricultural research institutes to collaborate with other necessary stake holders toward educating rural farmers about issues related to new farming technology.

The need to sensitize Nigerian Rural Farmers on Climate Change

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