The International Funds for Agricultural Development, IFAD, on Monday distributed android phones to 50 leading farmers in Taraba to enhance Agricultural Marketing Information System, AMIS.
The distribution was done under IFAD’s Value Chain Development Programme, VCDP, after a thorough training on AMIS and usage of smart phones.
The State VCDP Programme Coordinator, Irimiya Musa, said at the occasion that the move was aimed at linking farmers to the global market for enhanced profit, urging the farmers to make judicious use of the phones.
“Agriculture is a big business and our move is to make farmers have access to the global market for better sales,” he said.
Mr Musa Commended Governor Darius Ishaku for the prompt payment of counterpart fund to ensure the success of the programme in the state.
Earlier, VCDP’s State Business and Marketing Development Officer, Bedu Wiza, had urged the lead farmers to pass the knowledge they acquired to other farmers in their communities.
Mr Wiza said that the leads farmers would henceforth collect, analyse and present data on selected markets in their localities, using the smart phones distributed.
He cautioned against selling the phones or not putting them to the intended use, saying that their proper usage would be a sure way of making farming profitable for them.