Mobile Technology to improve small scale farming

Mercy Corps a humanitarian agency is partnering with MasterCard Foundation, a financial agency to roll out farming technology aimed at revolutionizing agricultural productivity in the country.

Speaking during the Agri-Fin Accelerate Program (AFA)’s 2nd Annual Learning Event in Nairobi, Leesa Shrader Program Director of the Agri-Fin Accelerate Program said Digi-farm technology that was introduced in Kenya last year will help improve markets and productivity in small scale farming across the country.

Pioneered by Safaricom Digi- Farm is an integrated mobile platform that offers farmers convenient, one-stop access to a variety of services that decrease the cost and increase the quality of farm inputs, while enabling farmers to easily transact, learn and grow.

Michael Joseph, former Safaricom CEO urged stakeholders to focus technology on the production of agricultural products for the benefit of the farmer. You should not focus on maize alone but chicken and dairy farming among others, said Joseph.

He noted that Digi-farm program, like any new technology requires patience and determination for it to be fruitful and create trust among farmers.

The MasterCard Foundation Program Manager, Olga Morawcynski said that their program is aimed at creating employment among the youth since they are the majority. She was optimistic that Digi-farm will lure most of them into farming because they are quick at embracing technology.

We are very interested in the youth since it is the largest population we have today, she noted.

The former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Bitange Ndemo said that, Mobile Applications have a great role in enhancing economic activity since farmers can easily access farm inputs and finance among others.

Private sectors have a great role in farming since they share their data which is more important in production, he clarified.

Source: Kenya News Agency