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.