By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
The National Information Technology For Development Agency (NITDA) has trained and graduated 130 farmers on rice farming and livestock production through digital technology in Jigawa State.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony at Hadejia Skills Acquisition Center, the Director General of the agency, Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi stated that the training programme was coordinated under the National Adopted Village For Smart Agriculture, a programmer aimed at introducing digital technologies and innovations to support agriculture in Nigeria.
Speaking through his representative, Mr Lukman Lamid who is also the desk officer of the programme, the Director General noted that creating digital opportunities for sustainable jobs across agriculture value chain would help in diversifying the nation’s economy and improve agricultural production among the farmers..
He called on the beneficiaries to ensure the sustenance of the programme as it would pave way for them to enjoy numerous government’s support and interventions on agriculture.
Earlier in his speech, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State through his Special aydviser on Community Inclusion, Hamza Muhammad Hadejia described farming as a business to combat hunger, poverty and to sustain the economy.
The participants whom were drawn from the 27 local government areas were supported each with a new water pump generator, mproved rice seedlings, a pair of android phone, as well as cheques of one hundred thousand Naira.