Abuja, 21 February 2022 (TDI): Nigeria has taken a massive hit on its economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The crash in the oil market has caused the country to go into recession.

The government’s current long-term goal is to successfully rebound the economy to its pre-pandemic levels of growth and output. The agricultural sector is being looked at as the main vessel to achieve these plans.

The government of Nigeria aims to do this by using The National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA). Through NAVSA, the country aims to create five million new job opportunities.

These jobs will, directly and indirectly, expand the agricultural value chain; from farm to table. The integration of technological advancements is the only way this can be achieved.

By doing so, food security will increase manifold along with attracting new talents and investments into the industry. Productivity will also see substantial gains.

NAVSA is set to commence its program in the Ogun state of the country, with other states set to follow. NAVSA is collaborating with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

It will empower 100 small farmers to be independent. The training sessions will last from Monday, February 21st to Friday, February 25th.

The beneficiaries will receive smart devices, connectivity, financial inclusion through digital wallets, insurance, continuous reinvestment, and other forms of support.

National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA)

The National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture was created by the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria.

It was created as a policy directive of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to produce digital technology and innovations to enhance agricultural practices.

This program aims to improve the productivity and output of farmers while also attracting young individuals to this sector which will create numerous jobs and will lead people out of poverty by enabling economic growth and diversification.