September 25, 2022
Food security, job creation: NITDA to promote digital farming DG NITDA , Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi

Food security, job creation: NITDA to promote digital farming

From Ismaila Muhammad, Dutse

The National Information Tech­nology Development Agency (NITDA) has signed an agree­ment with some higher institutions to promote research and application of digital technology in farming to en­hance the country’s food security.

The Director General of the agency, Alhaji Kashufu Inuwa Abdullahi re­vealed this while briefing newsmen on the activities of the outfit to promote Federal Government policy on digital economy.

He said they are currently conduct­ing a pilot project in Jigawa State in collaboration with Federal University Dutse, in Ondo State with University of Akure and also in Federal Capital Abuja.

He explained that deploying digital technology into agriculture will make farming a fancy business and attractive to youths, which will also culminate in providing more job opportunities and strengthen the country’s food security.

According to him, deploying digi­tal technology will reduce the quantity of water, fertilizer and labor required, “With application of digital tech­nology into farming, in one hectare you can get yield higher than that of 10 hectares without similar technol­ogy,” he said.

He also revealed that the agency is establishing IT centers at the com­munities and institutions of learning across the country as well as provid­ing training to build the capacity of Nigerians to operate in line with Fed­eral Government policy on Digital Economy.

Alhaji Abdullahi again revealed that the agency is committed to collaborat­ing with all stakeholders to achieve 95 per cent digital literacy and 99/per cent broad van coverage by 2030.

He noted that the agency, under the Federal Ministry of Science and Digi­tal Economy has trained 141 people on digital application nationwide.

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