Agriculture

Digital technology will change agriculture in Africa—Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that digital technology and its application will change the face of agriculture in Africa.

Osinbajo made this submission on Wednesday while featuring at the panel discussion session of the African Green Revolution, being held at International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana.

The theme of the forum holding between Sept. 3 and Sept. 6 is “Grow Digital: Leveraging Digital Transformation to Drive Sustainable Food Systems in Africa.”

The Vice President participated in the panel alongside host President, Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo,  Edouard Ngirente, the Prime Minister of Rwanda, and  AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Josefa  Sacko.

The panel was moderated by former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Osinbajo said that there were many companies that were interested in agriculture as a lot of them had already keyed into the agriculture space.

According to him, one of the big advantages of technology is a collaboration, which is the major future of digital technology.

“What we found is that there is far more collaboration than before and there is far more transparency; you can see practically everything and anyone who is connected one way or the other and people learn faster because of a lot of collaboration.

“People can get online; find out what this company is doing; some companies are linking investors to farmers and it is so easy to find out what they are doing by simply going to their website.

“Some of the Fintech companies are also in that space helping to make payments; helping to do transactions and a lot of them are doing well just by building the space.

“The way it is going; frankly, I can’t see how it will not completely revolutionalise agriculture because practically everywhere that digital technology has touched; it completely revolutionalised.

“And I don’t think we have a choice; what we are going to see is that digital technology will change the face of agriculture in Africa.’’

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