Nigeria needs Research for Climate Change Strategy

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By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos.
Nigeria has to evolve research and enlightenment-driven strategies to tackle the menace of climate change.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said this while unfolding new methods adopted by his government to deal with the negative impact of climate change on food security.
“As part of the global community faced with the challenge of climate change, we must participate actively in the global efforts to mitigate its effects through research and enlightenment of farmers on the need to adapt new reality,” he declared.
The governor pointed out that the rate of population growth in developing nations makes this quest imperative.
According to him, Lagos State is in the forefront ofn the campaign for positive actions to protect the environment.
The annual tree planting exercise, plant nurseries and  various educative programmes are  measures taken by his administration against climate change, he asserted.
Initiatives applied in the area of agriculture include the adoption of methods that will ensure continuous farming activities throughout the year with or without rain, he explained
Several clusters of greenhouse, he disclosed, have been erected in various zones of the state.
Ambode stressed that “in these greenhouses, rain –fed cultivation of food crops is eliminated as water is supplied to cultivated seeds or vegetative propagates through appropriate methods of irrigation, including drip and sprinkle, among others.

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