To make agricultural practices less labour intensive and improve the productivity of oilpalm, Solidaridad West Africa, in partnership with Agroxchange Technology, an agri-tech company, is building the capacity of oil palm farmers, enumerators, and community facilitators on digital agriculture.
The 18 participants are from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Enugu and Kogi, the four states benefiting from the National Initiative for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) in Nigeria. They will further build the capacity of oil palm farmers in their communities through peer-to-peer training.
The capacity building will enable the oil palm farmers to digitally monitor the growth and health indices of oil palm from planting to harvesting. They will also be able to effectively use digital technology in monitoring climate-smart agricultural practices in their farms.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Henkel supports NISCOPS in Nigeria. The programme is improving the yield and livelihood of smallholder oil palm farmers in the country. About 15,000 smallholder oil palm farmers are benefitting from the programme in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Enugu, and Kogi states.