FAO trains NAERLS, 16 states in use of cloud server


The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of UN says that it has trained workers from National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) and 16 states on the use of cloud server.
Dr Rabe Mani, Deputy Director, FAO, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria at a workshop on “Crop and Pasture Assessment by Early Warning System’’.
He said that the participants at the training were drawn from 16 northern states and Abuja as well as the Metrological Agency (NIMET) and Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission.
Mani said that it had become a routine exercise every year for FAO to go round the world to find out estimates of agricultural yield before actual harvest.
“This is a routine exercise across the globe but the exercise used to be done manually– using pen and paper.
“However, conducting the exercise manually takes longer time than necessary. In Nigeria, it takes up to five to six months or more.
“This is what prompted FAO to provide a cloud server for NAERLS, which will be used particularly for this purpose and it is already in the space,’’ he said.
The FOA deputy director said that with the cloud server, people could send information from anywhere, while the sent information would be collated and stored in the server.
He identified auto-correction of data, hitherto entered wrongly, as one of the major advantages of the cloud server system.

Mani said that going by the newly introduced technology, the data generated would be available within one month.
“Ours is just to provide the facilities and assist in capacity building. Therefore, we are appealing to NAERLS to disseminate the information to the relevant stakeholders.

“We believe that NAERLS, the 16 states and Abuja that benefited from the training will go ahead with the programme for the benefit of Nigeria,’’ he said.

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