No fewer than 140 farmers have benefited from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)-facilitated training on Smart Agriculture, in Ekiti State.
The training was conducted under its National Adopted Village Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) empowerment programme.
Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi confirmed this during the closing ceremony, last weekend.
NAVSA is a knowledge-based digital platform that seeks to support the agriculture sector with digital capabilities.
Launched in July, the project targets graduates between the ages of 20 to 35 years with prerequisite knowledge to participate in agritech projects.
One of its goals is to also systematically adopt farmers across the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country, to equip them with the necessary digital skills that will make Nigeria one of the leading nations for smart agriculture.
According to the DG, the adoption of agritech systems has become imperative, as it is necessary to achieve youth participation in agriculture.
It would also transform the agricultural ecosystem through the integration of more effective tech-based business models, he added.
“We believe leveraging digital technologies and innovations will attract youthful population into agriculture, create new digital business models across the agriculture value chain, enable millions of jobs, increase productivity and contribution of the agriculture to GDP.
“This would make Nigeria a leading nation in food security and exporter of standard agricultural produce to the rest of the world,” Abdullahi explained.
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