The goal of the federal government is to use smart farming to generate over 5 million employments. As a result, it provided beneficiaries of the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) 5-Day Empowerment Programme, which was held at Al-Qalam University in Katsina, Katsina State, with smart agriculture materials through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
“Agriculture is one of the crucial areas of Nigeria’s economy,” said Kashifu Inuwa, the director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), who was represented by Ag. Director, Digital Economy Development of the Agency, Engr. Salisu Kaka. The policies of the current government, which is headed by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, make this clear. Every economic, social, and development policy prioritizes agriculture.
Inuwa said the NAVSA Empowerment will enhance the agriculture value chain, create new value and opportunities through new business models and services, and ultimately enable the creation of millions of jobs while taking people out of poverty and enabling economic growth and diversification.
“With our potential in arable land size and youthful population, modernizing the agricultural sector can change the narrative and multiply the contribution of the sector to the national GDP in many folds. Unfortunately, the sector is the least digitized in the country. It has been proved that any digitized business has the potential to grow exponentially.”
“We hold a social contract to ensure IT drives every aspect of life and contributes to every community and national development as a whole. In line with our mandates, we carry out digital technology-driven interventions in any industry and sector of the economy across the country.”
“This is evident in all digitised economic sectors of the world such as the Bank, financial services, media and entertainment among others. Undoubtedly, digitization of the economic sectors has proved to be the game changer for economic transformation across the globe.