Farmers in Akwa Ibom State have been trained in the use of digital crop monitoring to reduce the effects of global warming on crops.
With the digital means of monitoring crop growth, farmers can monitor their crops even from the comfort of their seat and tell someone what to do in their absence.
Mr. Kene Onukwube, Program Manager, Oil Palm Solidaridad, Nigeria, initiators of the training program, said farmers could use an app to monitor their crop growth and the progress of their farms by dictating when their farm suffers from drought, flood or disease.
Speaking at the Digital Crop Monitoring Training held in partnership with Agroxchange Technology Limited in Okobo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Onukwube noted that the training, which was based on the precision farming, would help farmers achieve better yields.
He explained that the training would equip farmers and community facilitators with the knowledge needed for effective farming methods as the world adapts to climate change, adding that it would benefit crops, farmers and the rural community at large.
“It’s about digital crop monitoring. The idea is to help farmers stay in any location and track the progress of their farms, from planting to harvesting. You don’t have to be physically present on your farm every time.
“Thanks to technology, you can know the progress and response of your crops in order to apply fertilizers. You can tell when they are suffering from drought, when they are affected by floods and when diseases occur on the farm,” he said.
Solidaridad West Africa is a non-profit organization advocating for agricultural best practices, which has trained Akwa Ibom farmers on various aspects of agricultural development and how to get the most out of the agricultural value chain.