WOFAN trains 60 extension workers on drone, technology deployment

world food dayBy Juliana Agbo, Abuja
The Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) has trained 60 extension workers from four states on the use of drone and other technologies to advance agriculture.

The Executive Director of WOFAN Hajiya Salamatu Garba while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said the training also include exposing the farmers and extension workers to insurance facilities to secure their investments.


Hajiya Garba said the 60 extension workers would engage 100 farmers each on modern farm technologies.

She said WOFAN invited 60 extension workers from 4 states Nigeria to train them on ICT led technology in agriculture, specifically on the use of Rice Advice.

She explained that the Rice Advice is an application that farmers can use and the extension workers, to advice farmers efficiently to be able to give them adequate information.

According to her, “once the farmers don’t get the right information that they require, then it means they are misguided and again because we’re increasing production, it means that we have to change our ways of doing things”.


She said the training includes giving the extension workers and farmers adequate information on climate change and weather forecast.

“We also brought in insurance people so that they will give us the necessary products that they have that go in line with climate shock.

“We are going into a partnership with them, we will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to make sure that farmers meet up with their requirements, and if anything happens they will also be there to address the situation for the farmers”, she noted

Furthermore, she said “the third thing we looked at is the use of drones in increasing productivity, advancing farmers and capturing data, extension workers were trained on the simple use of this drone services and expert was brought”.

The WOFAN boss said farmers are going to be working in clusters of hundreds of them because they were encouraged to go into various associations and get registered.

“That means that we’re going to have large hectare of farm like 1,000 or 2,000 hectares all together and it’s only drone that can give you the information you need within a short period of time.

“So we have brought that to see how extension workers will be able to use these services and this was demonstrated to all the extension workers.

“At the moment, what we’re doing is we have downloaded the RiceAdvice App for all our extension workers, so it means that for all the farmers that they are working with and each Extension worker is going to work with like a hundred Farmers.

“So now we are marrying technology to increase in production, like I always say the size of Nigeria is increasing per day, We used to be 200 million, now is more than 200 million were talking of 230 to 240 million, farm size is reducing and population is increasing.

“It means we have to look for technology and methods to Which we can meet the food demand of Nigeria, it is only when we invest in such services that we can assist in providing food, which is going to be the next thing to knock off non-oil economic production in the country”, she explained.

Speaking on the cost of the equipment, she said WOFAN started giving technology since last year as grants, but a revolving grant, a group that gets a grant is supposed to use that to generate income, that grant becomes accessible to the community and we’re encouraging them to charge little fee on that, generate enough money to be able to buy another technology for the other Farmers

“It is for a farmer to benefit and all the group members around the farmer to use it efficiently to generates income at the end of the day what they get there is supposed to now support another set of farmers.

“A lot of people are running away from Technology support because it is capital intensive. So for instance the rice moisture we now use It’s about N120,000 ,so if you give a cluster, they’re able to determine the moisture content of whatever and it has calibration for every crop.

“As for drone, it is not possible to buy such an expensive technology, but we’re having an agreement with the respective technology companies that when we put the cluster of farmers together, we can pay them for these Services together with the farmers contributing stipend and they rendered this services to the farmers”, she added.

 

 

Source: https://thenationonlineng.net/

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones

WOFAN trains extension works on use of drones