ABUJA – The Federal Government on Monday pledged to assist the Ugandan Government to domesticate the Nigerian E-Wallet system to tackle challenges facing the country’s agricultural sector.
The Minister for State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Asabe Ahmed, made the pledge when a study team from Uganda paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.
“I am quite thrilled to hear that our own brothers and sisters from the continent have actually found something very exciting that Nigeria is doing and want to borrow from us.
“The E-wallet System that we employ in Nigeria now is unique, it is strategic, it has actually taken agriculture and the products of this system to a whole new level; it has made agriculture something that people are proud to embark on.
“In the past, agriculture was seen as a poor man’s trade; to start with, farmers were not getting the proper inputs and even while the inputs are being made available, they were not reaching the people that actually needed them.
“So apart from the bureaucracy, we set up the infrastructure, we put the framework in place and then we allowed the private sector.[eap_ad_2]
“So, there is a fantastic team here that is going to put you through all of the processes.’’
Earlier, Mrs. Ruth Nankanirwa, the Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, said that the 11-man delegation was representing the 34 million people of Uganda.
She said they had come to study the e-wallet system, a technology which the Nigerian Government uses to distribute farm inputs to farmers.
“We hope that at the end of the day, we shall pick from this new technology, we shall reduce bureaucracy and wastages and all that goes with the manual handling of everything.
“We have high hopes that we will learn a great deal and if need be, we will be exchanging because time would not let us see whatever we want to see.”
She congratulated the Nigerian government for coming up with a technology that would effectively combat the challenges facing the agricultural sector in the continent. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]