PAD editing……Agric activities will not be affected in coastal areas by delay in 2018 first rain – NmetS President
The President of Nigerian Meteorologists Society (NmetS), Prof. Clement Akoshile, on Monday said the delay in first rain of the year would not be noticeable in coastal areas.
Akoshile told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the water levels in coastal areas were very shallow so the plants would still be enjoying some water until the first rain comes.
”Geographical bearing is very important to determine why the first rain of the year is being delayed.
”In Lagos, the increase in population and industrial activities could be responsible.
”The increases in those areas are already telling on the atmospheric conditions and they are affecting cloud formation as it is restraining the rain from coming.
”However, the effect of the delay for agriculture will not be felt much around coastal areas,” he said.
Akoshile said that the negative effect of the delay would be felt in hinterlands.
The NMetS president said that the severity of the sun radiation would be noticeable as one moved further away from the coastal areas.
He said that it was not yet time for planting except if there were irrigation on the farm.
NmetS president said that farmers should exercise patience as the rain would be coming in few months, first rain or not.
NAN reports that there were showers of rain around Lagos Island, Apapa-Iganmu and Mainland areas on Jan. 15.
However, NAN reports that showers were not noticed in Ikorodu, Kosofe, Shomolu, Iyana Oworo, Oworoshoki, Igandu and some other parts of Lagos Metropolis.