The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will on Monday, December 14, empower 140 farmers in Ekiti State.
The empowerment programme is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Empowerment of the 140 farmers is through the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA).
What is NAVSA?
NAVSA is an ecosystem and data-driven platform envisioned for the transformation of the agricultural sector in Nigeria.
One of the objectives of NAVSA is to improve the production and productivity of any other farmer on the platform by 20 per cent.
In July, NITDA adopted 130 farmers into the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) programme.
The goal is to provide Nigerian farmers with means to showcase their farm produce in the digital world market.
NAVSA is part of the main policy of the National Digital Economy policy and strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
One of the expected outcomes of the programme is job creation for 140 farmers with an estimated 700 additional indirect jobs creation across the agricultural value chain.
Tomorrow, 14 December, 2020, @NITDANigeria, under the supervision of @FMoCDENigeria, in collaboration with Ekiti State Government will commence empowerment programme for 140 farmers in Ekiti State through National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA). pic.twitter.com/RWkfZ66t7I
— NITDA Nigeria (@NITDANigeria) December 13, 2020
Other expected outcomes are:
Food productivity: The programme targets a 40 per cent increase in farm produce.
Increase in wealth and income: A 40 per cent increase in revenue of farmers and other value chain players.
International market: The programme will ensure produce in NAVSA programme meets international standards and targets the global market.
NITDA is committed to implementing the National Digital economy policy for digital Nigeria.
Its directive is to create frameworks for planning, research, development, standardization.
Additionally, the agency is also mandated to create evaluation and regulation of IT practices in Nigeria.
NITDA’s top priority is Developmental Regulation, Digital Literacy/Skills and Solid Infrastructure.
Other activities include:
1. Service Infrastructure
2. Digital Services Development and Promotion
3. Software Infrastructure Digital Society and Emerging Technologies.
4. Indigenous Content Development and Adoption.