Digital Agriculture, A Game-Changer—Pantami
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami, said the government must consider investing in digital agriculture because it could be a game-changer.
While speaking as a special guest of honour on Monday at the Jigawa Innovation Summit themed “Creating a Viable Innovative Ecosystem for Economic Development”, he noted that the northern state has the capacity to use agriculture to deliver the dividends of democracy to residents of the state as Jigawa is blessed with vast land for agriculture.
The Jigawa Innovation Summit 2021 which is the first was organised by the Jigawa State government in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Youth Coalition for Development (YCD), an NGO that canvasses youth engagement in changing the status quo for the betterment of Nigerians.
Mr Pantami stated how the Netherlands used digital technology to boost its agricultural activities despite having lesser landmass compare to some states in Nigeria.
He argued that if Jigawa State can deploy digital innovation to agriculture, it will go along a way in creating many jobs and generating revenue for the federal and state government.
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He, therefore, called on the state government to focus on skills development, digital agriculture and financial digital innovation, tasking the youths to come up with disruptive innovations that can impact society and further called for the adoption, patronage, and deployment of the solutions to be provided.
The Minister commended Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State for partnering with the federal government to drive the national digital economy policy and strategy for a digital Nigeria.
According to him, this policy is focused on producing potential employers and not potential employees, stressing that government alone cannot be employers of labour.
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