By Yusuf A. Yusuf
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami, is set to launch the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture, NAVSA, in Gombe State as part of efforts to digitalise the agricultural sector of the country.
According to a statement posted on the ministry’s social media handle on Monday, the minister will be opening the empowerment initiative of the program on Tuesday at Gombe State University, GSU.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that NAVSA is an initiative of the National Information and Technology Development Agency, NITDA, as a policy directive of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The program is aimed at empowering farmers on smart agriculture to improve productivity in a bid to provide food security, increase profitability, create jobs and ensure prosperity for all.
This pilot edition of the NAVSA in Gombe State is empowering 140 farmers with Smart Devices, Seed fund of N100,000 each, Know your Farmer, KYF- Farmers’ Identification, Capacity Building: Digital Agri-preneurship training and skill acquisition and Connectivity (Internet access and CUG Calls by adopted farmers).
Others are: NAVSA Platform (Mobile App), Financial Inclusion through digital wallets, e-Extension services, Agric as a Bsuiness and Agro Business Models’ Opportunities and Continuous reinvestment model.