Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Agrovision to boost agriculture – Ekuwem

National President of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has commended the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiative of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Agrovision, saying that it would help the country to boost agricultural and allied food production, reports CHARLES OKOH.

He noted that the project launched in conjunction with a leading indigenous ICT solutions provider, Teledom Group International, is a unique programme.

Dr. Ekuwem who also is the Executive Vice Chairman, Teledom Group said in a chat with Information For Development (I4D) publication recently, that under this programme, farmers would have easy access to vital planting, harvesting, storage and transportation information.

“Agrovision is a programme we have developed in Teledom in collaboration with relevant government agencies in order to help farmers boost agricultural and food production,” he said.

Equally, he said that Agrovision is an ICT-driven programme that provides farmers with the agro-ecological mappings of the crops and soil types in Nigeria.

“In every farm, there will be an automatic weather station that captures the relevant meteorological data such as the intensity of rainfall, soil moisture, radiation, wind direction, atmospheric pressure, temperature and other agro-meteorological data,” he explained.

Dr. Ekuwem further said that these data would be collated and then transmitted to a central collation facility in the National Weather Centre.

“There is a super data base and server that will relate the captured data from the farm and use it for computation at the central location of Agrovision at the National Weather Centre,” he said, stressing that all these would be accomplished online-real time.

Teledom group prides itself as an award-winning ICT solution provider both within and outside Nigeria and has in its basket WebInn Limited and Technology Development Company Limited, both of which offer other specialized ICT-based services.

The company promises to deploy Broadband based infrastructure and multimedia facilities with appropriate content solutions to boost national economic productivity and prosperity.

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