In a bid to make farming activities easier for small-scale farmers in the state, the Niger State government has collaborated with Kitovu an agriculture-focused technology company to achieve this.
Kitovu is an agriculture company that uses data to eliminate guesswork and supply chain inefficiencies in African agriculture.
The goal of the scheme is to increase yields and enable farmers to make more money from their produce and give them easy access to markets. This was stated by Mrs Beatrice Benjamin, a coordinator of the scheme while discussing with the voice of Nigeria during the launching in Minna the Niger state capital on Wednesday.
“Kitovu aims to transform Africa into the hub that feeds the world by leveraging technology to solve problems that affect Africa’s agriculture all across the value chains, from farm to consumer, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 2- Zero hunger,” said Mrs Beatrice
According to her Kitovu employed a market-driven strategy to enhance relationships with major buyers, access information from them on what crop varieties they prefer and possible quantities they procure.
“We get in touch with peasant farmers who can work with us to grow precisely those varieties, she said.
Alhaji Ibrahim Panti, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development in Niger State who commended the new initiative, said the state government will support the organization in achieving its aims in partnership to enable farmers store farm produce in advanced storage solutions to improve food security.
Panti who further advised farmers to take advantage of the project especially peasant farmers said the state government was ready to partner with individuals or corporate entities to support farmers in actualizing the desired aim.
Malam Yusuf Gunduma, a farmer who appreciated the new initiative by Kitovu with the state government, however, appealed to the need for the government to always assist peasant farmers with more initiatives to improve their farming activities.