Federal Government unveils mobile phone training platform for farmers.
Written by crest887fm on August 27, 2021
The Federal Government, through its Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, has unveiled a mobile phone learning platform that is based on interactive voice response technology for farmers across the country.
It inaugurated the NIRSAL Farmers’ Business School in partnership with Successory Nigeria Limited and MTN Nigeria in Abuja, saying the initiative was in line with the agency’s mandate on technical assistance to farmers.
The Managing Director, NIRSAL Plc, Aliyu Abdulhameed, said the NBFS would provide convenient training on good agricultural practices to Nigeria’s smallholders seeking improved access to vital information critical to the success of primary production cycles.
He stated that through the partnership, the training would provide support mechanisms that plug information gaps, boost entrepreneurial capacities and improve access to commercial finance.
Abdulhameed allayed concerns that the platform might be too sophisticated and expensive for some rural farmers to use.
He said pre-design research and situational analyses took such concerns into account, hence, the product was a multi-language, offline on-the-go platform that could be accessed via any mobile phone.
The NIRSAL boss stated that the cost of subscription to the service was very minute, as parties in the partnership took cognisance of the financial ability of farmers to subscribe for the training.