Agency Empowers 140 farmers in Ekiti

Agency Empowers 140 farmers in Ekiti

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with Ekiti State government on Monday kicked off an empowerment programme for 140 farmers in the state.

The empowerment scheme which is been executed through the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) programme. The NAVSA is an ecosystem and data-driven platform designed to transform Nigeria’s agricultural sector leveraging technology. The project targets graduates (between the ages of 20 to 35 years) with prerequisite knowledge to participate in AgricTech project.

The key objectives of NAVSA include to improve food productivity, wealth and income of farmers, deepen the agriculture value chain, and promote access to international food markets. NAVSA is designed to take small scale farmers to commercial level using a performance-based approach.

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The NASVA was earlier piloted in Jigawa state this year and was initiated to systematically select and equip farmers across the 774 local government areas (LGAs) in the country with necessary digital skills that will make Nigeria one of the leading nations for smart agriculture.

The Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi noted that the goal of NAVSA is to build digital capabilities and innovations across agriculture value chains aimed at creating massive jobs and improve the income and wealth of every ecosystem player.

He said that NITDA, together with Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, conceived the idea of introducing a digital platform for farmers, in order to carry them along in Digital Economy journey.

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