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WAAPP embraces technology to boost farming

05 December 2013, 10:23Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigerian branch of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) has embraced an Electronic Technology Transfer (ETT) scheme to improve local production.

The National Project Coordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria, Prof. Damian Chikwendu, said WAAPP Electronic Technology Transfer (WAAPP-ETT), was a means of developing a robust, easy-to-use integrated and accessible system that would improve the operations of farmers through effective and responsive participation in research.

“WAAPP-ETT offers low cost communication to farmers, service providers and real-time access to any agricultural services no matter their location, language and level of education,” said Chikwendu at the commencement of a five day training workshop on the Electronic Technology Transfer organized for Coordinators of adopted villages and Desk Officers of WAAPP projects from the 27 Agricultural Research Institutes and Federal Colleges of Agriculture in the country.

“WAAPP-ETT has the objectives of facilitating among others, the registration of farmers and their farms, capturing of every days report on a farmer’s farm and capturing of data on the diseases/pests for rapid response on a farmer’s farm” Prof. Chikwendu said.

WAAPP desk officers from the various institutions were each given a smartphone to facilitate their work in the field.

The workshop which came up at the SAFTEC Hotel in Minna, Niger State had
81 participants from all parts of the country.

WAAPP is a World Bank-assisted programme active in the Economic Communities of the West African States (ECOWAS) members. The objective of the project is to improve agricultural productivity in the ECOWAS countries while at the same time promoting regional integration.

– CAJ News


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