Delivering ICT for Farmers in Nigeria (ICT For Farmers Project) November 2012 Presented by Abdullahi Maikano Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund. Content. Introduction Concepts What we have done to date Findings from what we have done Next steps Appendix - Clusters.
Delivering ICT for Farmers in Nigeria
(ICT For Farmers Project)
Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund
What we have done to date
Findings from what we have done
Appendix - Clusters
The innovative project, dubbed ‘ICT for Farmers’, is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology, aims to provide farmers with access to pertinent agriculture-related information, advice and research that will help them make better decisions about their crops, increasing the productivity of their yield, as well as their potential income through the use of ICT.
It will also help create a farmer community within which peers can share experiences and exchange information about social gatherings, events, and opportunities. The initiative aims to facilitate the rapid scaling of the use of mobile phone to provide farmers across the country with agricultural information.
The project is focused on projects/services that provide agricultural related information to farmers directly, through the use of ICTs. The project is aimed to achieve the following:
The project is proposed to be implemented in two phases:
Source of data – Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
No data for Bayelsa state as of the time of this report was compiled
Registered farmers with phones will be migrated to the new platform/CUG
In order to deliver ICT service to farmers across the country the following tasks were done to date:
(Kebbe, Wurno & Sokoto South)
(Giwa, Lere & Birnin Gwari)
(Balanga, Dukku & Yamaltu Deba)
(Asa, Pategi & Illorin East)
(Fufore, Jada, Mayo Belwa & Demsa)
(Remo North, Obafemi Owode, & Ewekoro)
(Akure North, Ondo West, Ondo East & Ile Oluji/Okeigo)
(Oturkpo, Gwer West & Ado Igumule)
(Ikwo, Abakaliki, Izzi & Ohaukwu)
(Burutu, Patani & Ethiope West)
(Ayamelum, Aguata, Anambra West, Anambra East, Onyi, Njikoka & Anaocha)
(Burutu, Patani & Southern Ijaw)
All the operators identified in those areas and others are to be invited to bring their proposal of extending their services to the adjoining villages and communities, which will include the provision of Closed User Group (CUG), mobile broadband internet facilities and other value added servicesfor registered farmers and others in the LGAs.
Typical Findings: Most LGA headquarters proposed in the pilot sites were found to be fully covered but the fringes were either unserved or under-served
Indicates area with mobile network service
Indicates area without mobile network service
Meet with Operators to explain the concept of the project and their contributions vis-à-vis USPFs intervention and other stakeholders.
Operators carryout survey or pilot areas
Deadline for operators to submit proposals.
Evaluated proposals and implementers selected by this day
Issue letter of award to successful implementers
Public announcement of implementation is made to the Nigerian public
Implementation and rollout of services/phones commences
- The Infrastructure will be opened to all group of people (irrespective of their professions). All groups will have access to the Infrastructure and services that will be rendered by the telecom operators