There has been several clamoring about restoring the glory of the Nigerian Agriculture sector, ever since the country’s discovery and over dependence on petroleum. The increased use of Agritech in Nigeria could not have occurred at better time, considering the recent nose dive in the price of oil, an imbalanced growth rate of population and GDP that points to a gradual and possible loss of sustenance for the country.
A United Nations Populations Fund (UNPF) report shows that Nigeria’s population in now 201 million, the largest in Africa. According to the report this is a 2.6% growth from 2010 – 2019. Comparing this growth rate of 2.6% with the Nigeria’s GDP growth rate of 1.9%, it become clear that Nigeria’s population is growing faster that the country can cater. The best way Nigeria can stay afloat is an increase in agricultural produce for food and national revenue.
Agritech offer solutions that would save Nigeria’s Agriculture at this crucial point in time. Nigeria needs to maximize her vast land precisely 84 million hectares booming with agricultural potential. These Agritech products can dramatically increase the rate of agricultural production and it is no shock that a lot of Nigerians have already gotten on board with some of these Agritech products and services. Here are some Agritech innovations that Nigerian farmers should look out for in this new decade.
- Animal Trackers
The Nigeria livestock farmer loses a lot of revenue due to an inability to track the health and location of animals either on the farm or when grazing. Imagine the number of animals that could found or promptly with the help of Agritech device that will track both the location and health of livestock.
Theft of livestock remains a problem on Nigeria with the Northern region experiencing more of this threat in recent times. According to Ahmedu Suleiman leader of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, about 7000 cattles were rustled within a one-year period in Northern Nigeria alone. This gives a picture of how much of revenue Nigeria is losing to livestock theft.
The anitrack collar was developed for livestock in 2016 by an MEST alumni. It helps a livestock farmer track the whereabouts and health of the animals and feeds this information to a mobile application for the farmer.
This Agritech product will be revolutionary for the Nigerian livestock farmer because it makes it possible to pinpoint sick animals within groups and treat them, thus curtailing the spread of diseases among the animals. It also ups the security for the animals as stolen or strayed animals can easily be tracked.
- Remote Controlled Pesticide Sprayer
Pest destroy a lot of crops in Nigeria. Farmers are faced with finding an effecting and effective method of distributing pesticides on their farms. Agritech has brought about the creation of remote-controlled spraying machines that increase productivity by evenly distributing pesticides on the farm. These machines use hi-tech vehicle sensors and software for precise navigation. One of such outstanding machines is GUSS, primarily designed for use in orchards, it is designed to cause no damage to any low hanging trees. GUSS is a 4-wheeled drive, so it can access the hard to reach corners of the farm. This Agritech product saves farmers hours of work, whilst increasing productivity.
- Sonic Water Level Indicator
Knowing the right level of water for irrigation in agriculture has always been a challenge in Nigeria. There have been previous attempts to curb this problem but none has proven to be as revolutionary as the sonic water level indicator. This Agritech uses an acoustic signal to accurately predict the level of water on the farm. The Well Watch 700 stand out in water level measurement for agricultural purposes.
- Synchronize Machine Operation
Nigerian farmers who have keyed into the Agritech trend often face the challenge of having several machines to operate. A unified interface that allows the remote control of these machines by the farmer been designed by Fieldnet. The Pivotal Lateral Control as it is called allows the farmer to easily operate various machines on the farm in one organized interface.
- Energy Generation
The Nigerian farmer is faced with poor power supply, this is owing to the insufficient watts of electricity that Nigeria produces. Tunisian inventors, Hassin Labaied and Anis Aouini designed the Saphonian. It is a bladeless wind turbine that creates energy. It is similar to the way a sailboat functions. This revolutionary machine converts kinetic energy into mechanical energy using pistons. It easily replaces a lot of electrically powered machines used for process farm produce, thus reducing the need for electricity in performing certain agricultural production.
Nigeria’s population is growing and if the nation must continue to thrive, there has to be an equal increase in her agricultural production. A careful of adoption of these technologies in Nigerian agriculture will create a viable framework for sustained food supply in the coming years. Nigeria is currently at a crucial point with its booming population, increasing urbanization and the potential to become a high growth economy. Advancements currently being made in technology will allow Nigeria to claim its fair share of the global market and promising to see that Agritech companies like Farmcrowdy, Thrive Agric, Bets ant Agritech and others are beginning to spring up in Nigeria. A sustenance of this trend will help Nigerian agriculture make the level of impact for which it has full potential.