Environmentalist worries over effect of inconsistent rainfall on food security


By Mercy Omoike
Lagos, Sept. 8,2020 An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, says the current inconsistent rainfall patterns in the country will have negative effect on food security.

Taiwo, the Executive Director of Recycle Points, an NGO, made the observation in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday.

“The inconsistent rain patterns we are witnessing has definitely affected food security and agricultural productivity in the country.

“The inconsistent rain patterns we are currently witnessing is as a result of climate change effects. It is very glaring that climate change is real, we do not need to be told already.

“We can see that the excessive rainfall that happened recently in the northern part of the country has affected agriculture, and livelihood of people and farmers.

“Where there is lack of rainfall the cattle breeders also will definitely want to move their animals for grazing in the greener zone which is leading to the herdsmen/farmers conflicts.

“The inconsistent rain patterns will even affect factories that rely on agricultural produce to operate. Feed stock would also be affected,” the environmentalist told NAN.

Taiwo said to reverse the trend, Nigerians must live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and clear drainage and major waterways to avert flooding.

“There are roles we humans can play in changing the inconsistent rain patterns. We can achieve this through our actions.

“We must also stop deforestation activities, stop or reduce the use of fossil fuel, and adopt alternative renewable energy.

“Everyone can see and feel the implications of the rain inconsistencies already, we do not need to be told,” Taiwo said.

The environmentalist advised Nigerians to embark on rain harvesting to save water for agricultural activities.

He also advised that buildings and others obstacles found on drainage channels be removed, while clearing drainage and waterways ahead of heavy rains be pursued vigorously by individuals and government.

“Both the government agencies and individuals should take the responsibility of clearing up clogged drainages and waterways, all parties must be involved.

“Once there is flooding, it will definitely result in a ripple effect on humans, crops and livestock, so many local farmers will also be out of jobs,” he said.

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