Severe dry spell to hit some states in June – NiMet

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned that some states in the country will experience severe dry spell in June.

NiMet Director-General, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu who spoke in Abuja at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Meteorological Research Training and Capacity Building between NiMet and the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State on Tuesday June 8, listed some Northern states to be affected by severe dry spell as Sokoto, Zamfara, Yobe, Kebbi, Kastina, Niger and some parts of Borno.

While states like Oyo, Kwara, Ekiti, Plateau and the FCT will experience a mild dry spell, south-east and South-south states will experience normal rainfall apart from Cross River State that will experience below normal rainfall.

The affected states are expected to experience above normal rainfall in July and August.

Professor Matazu further advised farmers to plant appropriate seedlings according to the predictions in order not to incur huge losses.

He said;

“Dry spell is not the absence of rain but a period when the rain ceases to fall within ten days or two weeks within a period of normal rainfall.

“Farmers must apply proper planning where drought-resistant seeds are planted within the period.

“It is also important that the farmers follow all the advice and precautionary measures that NiMet offer from time to time in order to mitigate the impact of this temporary dry spell.”