As a bold step to address the poor status of weather monitoring infrastructure and historical weather data in the Country, TAMASA Nigeria has established a partnership with Kukua Inc (b.V.) to roll-out 30 weather stations across our 3 focal states.
The first phase of the installation has been completed and the second is scheduled to commence by the end of October. The weather stations are designed to generated real-time and remotely accessible weather data to support predictive agronomy research, advisory support to farmers, and development of product and services that can enhance maize value chain in Nigeria. Based on the need for sustainability of this initiative, we went beyond Kukua partnership to form a Weather Station Advisory Committee (WeSAC), with representatives drawn from Agricultural institutions within the region where stations are being installed.
WeSAC’s major mandate is to ensure the proper functioning of the stations, archiving of data, and sharing data with relevant parties. The multi-institutional nature of the 8-man committee is expected to foster needed buy-in from government, and long-term commitment regarding maintenance by designated technical contacts/members.