FG Unveils Initiative To Digitise Agric Sector, Create Jobs

The Federal Government has launched the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture Programme to digitise Nigeria’s Agric sector and cover the country’s worsening unemployment gap.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami on Tuesday flagged-off the North East edition in Gombe State.

The scheme was in line with the Federal Government’s plan to drive a digital and technologically driven agriculture sector.

Pantami explained that the NAVSA is built as a digital platform to connect the agriculture ecosystem to deliver services to farmers more productively and efficiently.

Pantami noted that a digitalized agricultural sector in Nigeria would create jobs and attract foreign exchange into the country.

The minister said the scheme would digitise Nigeria’s Agric sector like what is obtainable in Netherland.

Pantami said, “Netherlands agricultural approach is smart and makes significant use of digital technologies.

“We want to do this in Nigeria and the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture is an important step in this process.”

The minister said the scheme would improve production and productivity of every adopted farmer on NAVSA platform by 35 per cent.

According to him, the scheme would also increase the income of every adopted farmer by 30 per cent at every harvest and improve production and productivity of every farmer on NAVSA platform by 20 per cent.

Also the income of every farmer on NAVSA platform is expected to rise by 15 per cent at every harvest.