It is good news for herdsmen and rural dwellers with the latest solutions from telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria.
The solutions, Livestock Tracking Solutions (LTS) and mobile electricity will help mitigate challenges associated with cattle grazing, enhance use of land across the country as well as provide electricity to entrepreneurs and rural dwellers.
At the Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit 2016 where the innovations were announced, MTN executive, Amina Oyagbola, explained that the tracking device would reduce the incidence of wandering cattle while the mobile electricity solution in partnership with Nova-Lumos would bring clean, modern and affordable electricity to MTN customers in the rural areas.
Continuing, Oyagbola stated that the Information Communication Technology solution was designed to track location of cattle, send panic or emergency alerts to relevant authorities in times of trouble and help with separating grazing areas from farmlands.
“It can perform location tracking for cattle and geo-fencing for grazing areas. It makes use of GPS technology and it is solar-powered to ensure that you can always stay in touch with your cattle, everywhere they go,” she said.
On the mobile electricity solution, Oyagbola said, “Our customers in rural areas can now replace kerosene lanterns, candles and flashlight with electricity that can power phones, fans, radios and TVs all at once and this service is already running in Katsina State”
The first Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit was a three-day event aimed at attracting investments in the state from local and foreign investors, particularly in the areas of livestock production and meat processing, power generation and medium to large scale agricultural production among other areas.