NISS trains farmers and extension agents on agro mobile app – The Sun Nigeria

By Felix Ikem, Nsukka

The Nigerian Institute of Soil Science (NISS), South East Zone, has trained farmers and extension workers in the zone on the use of a mobile application for data collection and services to ensure soil food security in Nigeria.

Prof. Charles Asadu, Area Coordinator of NISS South East, while launching the training workshop on Thursday in Nsukka, said the mobile application will be known as NISSAGRO mobile application and is available for download on Google Play App Store.

He said the app will help and guide farmers, extension workers and other stakeholders in the soil and agriculture industry on the best ways to improve soil and food production.

“The development of the app by the Nigerian Institute of Soil Science is in line with the mandate of the regulatory institute of the soil science profession in Nigeria, whose ultimate goal is to promote sustainable agricultural production systems that will not degrade the soil while ensuring high and sustainable food production to stem the food insecurity that plagues the faces of Nigerians today.

“The main purpose of the NISS app is to promote the service of registered soil scientists and to engage farmers, extension agents, researchers, agro-dealers and other stakeholders on good agricultural practices, fertilizer recommendations and the technology needed to improve soil and food production in every locality in Nigeria.

“Anyone or group interested in the information/data needed to improve our soils, increased and sustainable agricultural production will benefit from the mobile app,” he said.

Participants who are state representatives of farmers and extension officers from the five states of the southeast zone were trained on how to download, install and use the NISSAGRO mobile application on their Android phones , as well as how to share and find information from the app.

Mr. Augustine Agbakoba, the contact person at the NISS Head Office in Abuja, said the app was created to help farmers have adequate knowledge of soil and its functions by providing knowledge, services and tools that will improve productivity.

According to him, “The app is designed in such a way that you can get information about the crops in Nigeria, their effectiveness and their shortcomings.

“The app can help farmers and extension workers discuss issues and challenges and find solutions from the app.

“Farmers can check agricultural inventories and weather conditions that will help them make farming decisions and have knowledge, services and tools that will improve their production without harming the soil,” he said.

Earlier, Professor Charles Igwe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), commissioned the workshop organizers to train members and provide farmers with knowledge, services and tools that will help them to improve their productivity.

Igwe, a former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at UNN, expressed his joy that the NISS has mandated itself to ensure that farmers, extension workers and other actors in soil science and agriculture are equipped with modern technologies to help farmers boost agriculture.

“I commend Professor Adadu, the NISS South East Coordinator who, despite the ongoing nationwide strike at public universities, has continued to train and retrain farmers and extension workers on how to ensure adequate productivity in agriculture,” he said.

One of the participants, Professor Damian Azawaram, from Abia State, in an interview with daily sunshine, commended NISS for organizing the training workshop for farmers and extension officers in the South East.

“With this mobile app, farmers and extension workers are now well placed to search and access information using modern technology across our various sites.

“The application and training is a significant and commendable achievement in the NISS’s quest to ensure food safety in the country. We are pleased that they have lived up to expectations as a regulator, and we are optimistic that the The app will provide us with the most-needed information on better soil management and good agricultural practices,” he said.

Daily Sun reports that the NISS is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, whose mandate is to regulate the profession of soil scientist in Nigeria and provide a scientific basis for improving and maintaining the productivity of soil resources. with minimal environmental degradation, especially with regard to food production in the country.

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