Full Access to Agriculture Data for Stakeholders
Mr Patrick David who is a representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said that the AMIS CAPI system which cost $600,000 (which is an equivalent of N240 million) would provide an unparalleled access to agricultural data to various stakeholders across the country and in turn, bring remarkable growth to agricultural stakeholders across the country and this will lead to a growth in the agricultural sector.
In other to ensure that Nigerians have access to valid data on agriculture ,FAO has handed over the CAPI system developed with the support of AMIS for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Hassan, who represented the minister said, “the only way agricultural production can be sustained is when the farmers can be able to reach out to various markets to sell their products and make some returns to enable them to invest, and therefore today’s programme gave us a unique opportunity to move away from traditional marketing system to a more digital and sustainable method where we will be able to ensure that whatever we have produced and the figures we are going to have, in terms of production, is accurate, and therefore food security will be ensured.”
According to Mr. Olutayo Oyawole who is the National project Coordinator, he said that CAPI system would provide access to agriculture information and data from various stakeholders around the country that will, in turn deliver tremendous growth for the agricultural sector.
He went on to say that “Real-time data gathering has always been a problem in the agricultural sector. With this CAPI System, investors, agriculture merchants, traders and farmers can make better decisions and optimize their activities in their respective roles. Today, we bring to fore, a system that will bring about a paradigm shift in the way we collect and manage agriculture data in Nigeria. The excess produce of a farmer in Kano, might be key to fulfilling the scarcity of a factory in Kansas or Kentucky in the United States of America, thousands of miles away.”