The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has flagged off the training of 140 farmers in Gombe state on digital farming.
Flagging off the training in Gombe the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Minister said 140 participants were drawn across the state to participate in the training.
He said at the end of the week-long training, each of the participants would be given a smart device, fertilizers, pesticides among other items and N100,000.
The Minister explained that developed countries and even some African countries like Ghana and Kenya have been practicing digital Agriculture with huge success.
He said digitalization has impacted the economy of many societies by reducing unemployment and improving quality of life thereby boosting access to knowledge.
Dr Ali Pantami noted that the requirement to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution necessitates digitalization to be the core of any nation’s development and strategy.
In his welcome address the Director General National Information Technology Agency NITDA, Dr Kashifu Abdullahi said leveraging on digital technology and innovation would attract youth into agriculture and create digital business models across the agricultural value chain.
He also said the programme would create millions of jobs and contribute to the national economy.
The programme is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy through the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture.