WAAPP embraces tech for agriculture
The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in Nigeria has embraced the Electronic Technology Transfer (ETT) for agriculture.
Speaking at 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, the National Project Coordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria, Professor Damian O. Chikwendu, said the WAAPP Electronic Technology Transfer (WAAPP-ETT) is a means of developing a robust, easy to use integrated and accessible system that will improve the lots of the farmers through effective and responsive participation in research. The practice he said could also lead to improvements in key implementers, and in the promotion and adoption of best practices as well as quick response to field problem.
He said ETT Agriculture 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.
The ETT also enhances access to modern markets through integration with telecom service providers for subscription to extremely affordable voice and data services. The National Project Coordinator’s remarks were read on his behalf by the WAAPP Operation Officer, James Apochi.
The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) is a World Bank assisted programme under the auspices of member countries of the Economic Communities of the West African States (ECOWAS). The objective of the project is to improve agricultural productivity in the ECOWAS countries while at the same time promoting regional integration.