The significance of technology in agriculture cannot be overstated, as it plays a vital role in digitizing and automating farming activities, leading to enhanced productivity. In line with this,
the AGRA Kaduna Consortium Project has leveraged technology by conducting a four-day training program (May 10 – May 13, 2023) titled "Training On the Use of ICT4Ag Tools for Increased Productivity and Entrepreneurship." This training program focuses on three thematic areas:
i. Good Agricultural Practices: The training emphasizes the adoption of best agriculture practices, enabling farmers to optimize their farming techniques and achieve higher yields.
ii. Entrepreneurship: The program also provides guidance and support in developing entrepreneurial skills among farmers. This empowers them to explore new avenues and opportunities within the agricultural sector, fostering economic growth.
iii. Record Keeping/Data Management: Recognizing the importance of efficient data management, the training equips participants with the necessary tools and knowledge to maintain accurate records. Effective record-keeping enables better decision-making, improved planning, and enhanced productivity.
Over 300 Community-Based Advisors (CBAs) from 18 Local Government Areas (LGA) in Kaduna State have undergone this comprehensive training. They have been trained in the use of seven mobile applications specifically designed to augment their productivity in various agricultural activities. Furthermore, to facilitate their day-to-day tasks, the CBAs have been provided with brand-new smartphones.
Through this initiative, the AGRA Kaduna Consortium Project aims to harness the potential of technology and equip farmers with the necessary skills and tools to thrive in the modern agricultural landscape. By embracing digitalization and leveraging mobile applications, the project seeks to promote sustainable agriculture, improve productivity, and foster entrepreneurship in Kaduna State and Nigeria at large.