Some experts at the ongoing Social Media Week (SMW) in Lagos, on Thursday, said the use of emerging technologies in agriculture would foster youth inclusion in the sector.
The experts made this assertion during a discussion on Agritech Youth Empowerment.
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Angel Adelaja-Kuye, Consultant to Ogun State Governor on Agriculture, said that for many countries, the agriculture sector was a go-to sector for active youth engagement and onward investment, especially with the integration of emerging technologies.
Adelaja-Kuye said the sector was an area young people should key into, noting that Africa’s next billionaires were going to be from the agricultural sector.
The consultant said Agrictech was the fastest growing sector when it came to investment finance.
“The sector is a gold mine that our youths need to delve into as it offers a lot of career opportunities,” Adelaja-Kuye said.
According to her, small holder farmers can also buy into agribusiness using simpler technologies not necessarily high tech to boost their produce.
Talking on digital agriculture, Mr Segun Oworu, Digital Farming Project Lead at Bayer Middle Africa Ltd., said it was the frontier for human survival in the face of dwindling resources and increasing population.
“In the race for digital agriculture, we as Nigerians and Africans need to know and identify our comparative advantage and focus rather than competing with developed economies.
“This is based on the fact that we have special needs and challenges that fraught our system and economies,” Oworu said.
He said that Nigeria’s food problem was not necessarily increased production but that of efficiency of the value chain distribution and marketing.
Oworu noted that by developing innovative solutions and technologies to support shortfalls, the country could be closer to attaining food self-sufficiency.
“The government has started deploying technologies to support agricultural production.
“We are beginning to use emerging technologies such as satellite monitoring devices that enables farmers to check the progress of their crops without necessarily going to the farm.
“Other forms of technologies are also being developed to monitor and count the number of birds and eggs at the poultry,’’ he said.
He noted that farming was now moving away from the use of hoes and cutlass to the age of emerging technologies.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi
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