- Rotimi Williams said he is using technology to protect Nigerian farmers
- The young man said farmers are equipped with a technology that allows them to push the panic button or place a call whenever there is an incident
- Williams also revealed why locally-produced rice is more expensive than imported rice
- According to him, the countries that produce the imported rice have an advantage over Nigeria
The 39-year-old Nigerian farmer who owns the second largest rice farm in the country has told Legit.ng how the technology he created is being used to protect farmers.
In an interview with the online medium, Williams, who created Resolute 4.0, said the technology is being used to bridge the gap between the volatile community and the security agency.
He said farmers were equipped with phones which have Resolute 4.0 installed on them. According to him, the farmers push the panic button or place a call whenever there is an incident.
Williams said the nearest security personnel will be immediately alerted when the panic button is pushed and hospitals are also notified if there is need for people to be taken there for treatment.
He said the technology has been successful in Plateau state where it was first launched, adding that there are plans to expand it to other areas where insecurity has been a problem.
Speaking on why locally-produced rice is more expensive than imported ones, the farmer noted that the countries that produce the imported rice have an advantage over Nigeria.
He said the agricultural sector over there is better structured and more subsidised over there.
Williams also said farmers in Nigeria make use of little fertilisers on their farms, which leads to lower yields.
He said that when there is more demand than supply, the price of rice will definitely be on the high side.
“Couple with the fact that, in rice production, wet season farming is where most people focus because it’s cheaper than dry season farming. We’re still producing once a year while other countries supplying us are producing two or three times a year”
He said Nigerian farmers rely on generators for rice milling while other countries have steady electricity.
The farmer said Nigerian youths are still reluctant to go into agriculture because it is still capital-intensive.
He added that access to funding and the level of insecurity have made agriculture unattractive to the youths.
Williams advised people going into agriculture to be unique instead of copying what others are doing.
He said people need to develop interest in other crops that will suit the capital they have at the moment because rice is an expensive crop to produce.