The Director of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Halilu Shaba has appealed to the Federal Government to consider investing in the invention of satellite to boost agriculture in the country.
The director made the plea at the Annual Space Conference and Exhibition of the Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), themed ” Revolutionising Agriculture through Space Science and Technology Application” in Abuja.
Shaba who noted that there could not be a progress and revolution in Nigeria agriculture through the application of Space Science Technology (SST) without a proportionate budget allocated to the sector, stated that the satellite needed proper and consistent financing.
According to him, “The government should increase the budget on Space Science Technology and be consistent with it because when you launch a satellite you don’t allow the satellite to expire before you launch another one.”
He stressed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should work with farmers and educate them on the usage of satellites in agriculture.
“The extension officers will share the information with the farmers, interpret the kind of information sent out because most of them are illiterates.” He said.
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