The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina has made known the Federal Government’s promise to provide mobile phones to Five million women farmers.
The Minister made this promise in Abuja at a forum planned to happen together with the annual global marking of October 16 as World Food Day.
Adesina said, the FG had made plans for the provision of 10 million cell phones to farmers next year, thus, the five million phones would come from the 10 million.
“First and foremost, we are going to distribute, for next year, 10 million mobile phones.
“And when I say we, actually, the Minister of Communications Technology is taking the lead in this, working with my ministry.”
“The Minister of Finance, as you know, she is always passionate about women, will do five million phones for women farmers so that we make sure that they get it.”
“And those phones are not just for inputs; it is that we want to get our rural folks to get market information, extension information, health information, climate information; all that in local languages on their mobile phones.’’
“Secondly we are working with mobile phone companies to expand the number of base stations they have in rural areas so we can reach a lot of people in the rural areas.”
“We found that one challenge was the issue of network coverage and that is a challenge we all face as a country; that the issue of connectivity reception in a number of areas has to be dealt with.”
“We also have a number of farmers that do not have phones, especially women farmers, and I want to make sure we reach those who do not have phones so that they could really be reached.”