The Federal government of Nigeria has shortlisted grantees for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Technology Application (4IRTA) in agriculture, in support of President Tinubu’s mandate to cultivate 500,000 hectares of land across Nigeria to boost food security.
The candidates were announced by Bosun Tijani, minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy.
They are Ranch.ID LivestockPro, Agri-Wing Project, Precision Farm Management, Automated IoT-Based Irrigation System, Geospatial Intelligence model, AgriTrust Solutions, AI for Livestock diseases and health reporting, IoT Climate-Smart Device, Smart Pond, and Future Fish Farms.
In November last year, the federal government invited applications from applicable market-ready innovations that leverage 4IR technologies (UAVs, loT, Al and BlockChain) to enhance productivity in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.
According to Tijani, in the two weeks of the application process, they received 2,329 applications, which went through 2 rounds of reviews, supported by top 4IR Technology researchers and practitioners of Nigerian descent across the globe.
The reviews applied criteria such as the alignment of the proposed solution with the objectives of 4IRTA, solution readiness and the quality of their video demonstration.