Nigeria: New NFC technology to help 500,000 farmers access inputs
The data of 500,000 farmers will be captured between March and September this year in Nigeria, as part of the new Growth Enhancement Support Touch and Pay (GES-TAP) scheme.The data of 500,000 farmers will be captured between March and September this year in Nigeria, as part of the new Growth Enhancement Support Touch and Pay (GES-TAP) scheme.
Introduced by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC), the scheme aims to improve farmers' access to inputs, while solving issues relating to poor mobile phone coverage, multiple registrations and corruption, the Daily Trust reports.
While mobile financial services work well where there is good mobile network reception, populations in rural areas without coverage cannot benefit from real-time payment services such as M-PESA.
GES-TAP uses ground-breaking NFC technology (Touch and Pay) and tablets to provide mobile financial services to residents of these coverage-free zones.
The system is designed to capture farmers' data along with their photographs, and delivers a green card that will be used to redeem subsidised inputs.
The IFDC is targeting nearly 100 agro-dealers in the Federal Capital Territory and Sokoto State. It will employ 500 new GES field staff and generate 400 new private sector jobs at input shops, distributing 1.5 million GES entitlement vouchers and providing a cost saving to farmers of N3.5 billion (€15.7 million).