Nigeria to Use Digital Technology in Farming

During a news briefing, the Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria, Kashufu Inuwa Abdullah, said that the agency has signed an agreement with some higher institutions to promote research and digital technology in farming. This move is part of the agency's activities to promote the Federal Government's policy on the digital economy.

In collaboration with Federal University Dutse, Ondo State, and the University of Akure, the agency is currently conducting a pilot project in Jigawa state and Federal Capital Abuja. Kashufu said that by deploying digital technology in farming, they could convert agriculture into a fancy business that is attractive to the youth, offer more job opportunities, and strengthen its food security.

Technology will also enable them to reduce the quantity of fertilizer, water, and labor required, and at the same time, increase the yield. Kashufu also added that NITDA is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to achieve 95% digital literacy and 99% broad Van coverage by 2030.