Attendees from 45 different countries were able to walk away from the recent International Conference on Precision Agriculture with a lot of information that many hope to apply to their operations back home. “We’re trying to promote farmers to work as scientists to help themselves,” said Rachel Nwakwasi, a poster presenter from the Federal University of Technology Owerri in Nigeria. In her interview with Chuck, Nwakwasi said her work has been with farmers taking pH soil levels and turning in that information for analysis.
Nwakwasi said she’s using the information gained at the conference for work back in her country. “Already, [I’m thinking about how] famine should be about exactness, which is what precision agriculture is all about,” she said, adding that solving problems through precision agriculture is the way forward for her country. “So when I go home, I go back to my school and take back the technologies I’ve seen today. I think the things I’ve seen and I’ve been to exposed to are things I’m sure will help my country to progress more.”
Listen to Chuck’s interview with Rachel here: [wpaudio url=”http://zimmcomm.biz/icpa/icpa-rachel.mp3″ text=”Interview with Rachel Nwakwasi, Federal University of Technology Owerri in Nigeria”]Precision.AgWired.com coverage of the International Conference on Precision Agriculture is sponsored by John Deere