In a significant stride towards bolstering national food security, the Federal Government, under President Tinubu’s directive, has unveiled the shortlisted candidates for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Technology Application (4IRTA) Grants in Agriculture. This initiative, aligning with the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s technological advancements, aims to integrate cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into the agricultural sector.
What is 4IRTA?
The term “4IRTA” stands for Fourth Industrial Revolution Technology Application, representing the utilization of advanced technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This revolution encompasses the convergence of digital, physical, and biological technologies to bring transformative changes to various industries, with a specific focus on enhancing efficiency, productivity, and sustainability in agriculture. YOU MAY LIKE TO APPLY FOR Application Opens: FG Launches Agriculture Demonstration Portal Project for NITDA 4IRTA, Apply Now
Background and Application Process
In November of the previous year, the Federal Government invited applications for market-ready innovations leveraging 4IR technologies. The call specifically targeted technologies like UAVs, IoT, AI, and Blockchain to enhance productivity in Nigeria’s agricultural sector. The two-week application period witnessed a substantial response, with 2,329 applications received.
These submissions underwent two rounds of rigorous reviews facilitated by leading 4IR technology researchers and practitioners of Nigerian descent worldwide. The review process meticulously evaluated criteria such as the alignment of proposed solutions with 4IRTA objectives, solution readiness, and the quality of video demonstrations provided by the applicants.
4IRTA Grant Shortlisted Candidates
The Ministry of Communications Innovation and Digital Economy has released the shortlisted candidates for the 4IRTA Grants. The selected projects, numbering 10, can be viewed here. The Minister extends heartfelt congratulations to these chosen projects and expresses anticipation in working collaboratively with them.
Next Steps and Collaborations
This partnership, in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, aims to provide robust support for the selected projects on their journey towards scalability and sustainability. The collaboration signifies a strategic effort to leverage technological advancements for the benefit of the agricultural sector and overall national development.
How to Check Your Shortlisted Status
For individuals eager to check if their project made the cut, the detailed list of shortlisted candidates is available through the provided link HERE. It’s an exciting opportunity for applicants to see if their innovative solutions using 4IR technologies have been recognized for further support and development.
The Federal Government’s unveiling of shortlisted candidates for 4IRTA Grants marks a crucial step in harnessing advanced technologies for agricultural development. As the selected projects move forward, the collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Agriculture will play a pivotal role in driving scalability and sustainability in the sector. This initiative reflects the government’s commitment to embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the betterment of the nation.
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