The Federal Government says the use of precision farming methods will boost food production for Nigeria.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri, said this his keynote address at the 2020 Global Agric Tech Summit held virtually.
According to him, the use of drones in agriculture will take farming to a new level and make it more cost-effective.
He expressed the readiness of the country to utilise and deploy technologies that would assess fertility of the soil to determine its suitability and forecast the harvest for any particular production enterprise including livestock and fisheries.
The minister said, “The era of precision farming is around. There is no doubt that drones play essential roles that will take farming to a new level in a cost-effective way.
“We are confident and favourably disposed to partner with Global Agriculture Technology to take this advantage.
“We are anxious to see the Nigerian agricultural system that will use more of the drone technology and other enhanced technologies to boost production in all the commodities value chain of comparative advantage.”
According to Shehuri, Nigeria is prepared, the market is large, and the environment is right and more importantly, there is the political will to partner with investors in agric-technologies to revolutionise agriculture.
The minister said the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had a mandate to achieve food security, economic diversification and job creation for inclusive growth.
According to him, these are goals for many developing countries of the world where agriculture is the mainstay of the economy.
He added, “The unique position of Nigeria as the biggest market in Africa, especially in African food supplies chain, is an opportunity that potential investors can leverage for high yielding return on investment in the country within a short period of time.
Shehuri noted, “The global world population is 7.7 billion people and by the end of the year 2025, it is projected to hit eight billion.
“This is a challenge that can aggravate hunger, malnutrition and poverty across the globe. The low-income countries are particularly vulnerable and these include Nigeria.”