The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said it is set to create six million jobs through smart agriculture. According to the agency, the project, which is done in collaboration with the Department for International Development, will be executed through the National Adopted Village for the Smart Agriculture programme. The agency in a statement noted that the initiative was aimed at creating jobs within the next 10 years.
NITDA’s Director-General, Kashifu Abdullahi, was quoted in Agro Nigeria as saying that it had become vital for NITDA to incorporate ICT into agriculture, due to the economic diversification agenda of the Federal Government. He said: “If you look at the digital economy, you will see that it is evolving into having a digital or virtual market place. We have looked at our strength as a nation and we have identified agriculture as one of our strengths.” Punch