Dr. Isa Pantami, the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has urged Nigerians to embrace modern agriculture with the use of Information Communications Technology and boost production.
The DG gave the advice in a statement issued by Dr. Amina Sambo-Magaji, the National Coordinator, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) in Abuja at the third edition of NITDA FutureHack event.
According to him, there is need for ‘Innovative Technology’ for addressing local challenges in the agriculture sector in Nigeria for Social and Economic Development.
Pantami said “FutureHack is a national technology hackathon event, in which computer programmers collaborate intensively on software projects usually held in academic environments to inculcate innovation and entrepreneurship culture in students to drive Nigeria’s digital economy.
Modern agriculture is expanding globally with digitally enabled agriculture, precision farming, hydroponics, robotics and artificial intelligence.However, technology is an enabler and should be harnessed to revolutionise the agricultural sector in the country.
Technology can be used to monitor yield, pest control, best time to add pesticides, plant illness prediction, multi-platform collecting data on crops, soil, nutrients and water to help the farmer in his decision making and more.
This revolution has already begun. We have irrigation systems that are controlled by mobile phone and reducing labour cost’’.
The DG also explained that agriculture is critical to the economy of country saying.
According to him, transforming agriculture through technology is a key to reviving the economy and technology can be used for agricultural products market linkages to monitor food shipments throughout the supply chain.
He reiterated that the agency is committed to regulating and developing sectors of government by enabling ICT.