All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Niger has said that farmers in the state were producing more crops due to the weather predictions by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).
Vice Chairman, AFAN in the state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Yusuf, who disclosed this on Thursday during an interview with the in Minna, Niger State said: “We are taking advantage of NiMet prediction that the rains will stop by November instead of October to plant more crops.
“Right now we are cultivating crops that will take 45 to 60 days to mature,’’ he said.
Yusuf said that the measure would increase food production in the state and the country at large.
He said that the rains which were predicted to stop by mid November would help the farmers in the ongoing late cultivation of crops.
The AFAN official said that some of the crops involved in the late planting include cowpea, short-kaura, okra, pepper and tomatoes.
He urged farmers in the state to take advantage of the late seizure of the rains as predicted by NiMet to cultivate more crops in order to increase food production.
Yusuf had on September 3, predicted bumper harvest for the farmers owing to the weather forecast.
The association has about 1.6 million members in the state.