Epowering Technology in Agriculture for Food Security and National Growth.
Creation of an automated system and database to send adequate and usefull information to farmers.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
We are thinking of having representatives in every county to collect the details of the potential farmers and also farmers can join in our system through the website.
We have also been thinking of coming up with a short code USSD service such as (i.e *167#), whereby farmers can dial and get registered into our database. This will reduce the risks of farmers who have no access to internet.
Once registered in our system, we can send automated SMS to all of our subscribers regarding any input towards there farming activities.
"Farmers First" We develop this idea inorder to increase the farming potential in most rural areas. They will benefit through getting free advice on the right variety to grow, right fertilizer to apply and right post harvest measures to reduce crop spoilage.
WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?
This idea can be implemented across the globe, but the pioneer stage will be in Kenya then after grow to other regions.
ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?
EXPERTISE IN SECTOR
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year
EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)
Yes, for one year or less.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!
Iam Isaac Ongoma currently Agricultural advisor to KENYA FARMERS CORNER a non-profit Organization. I am based in Meru, Kenya.
The reduced yield potential in most of the areas is due to lack of enough information by farmers. Most farmers are not aware of the time they should be expecting rains, type of fertilizer to apply, type of pestcide to apply and postharvest care of the harvested crop. This has led to alot of food wastage, especially maize which is the staple food for Kenya. With my partner of IT, we came up with a website which is linked to a database that contains the details of our subscribers. This subscribers get immediate update on their phones, regarding any weather change expectations in the country. We also advice on the right fertilizer use depending on the type of soils. On our website and facebook page we run an online clinic for farmers who are interested in boosting their agricultural productivity. We respond to most of their concerns. For example, there's a disease called "osama" in Kenya that normally leads to high percentage loss at some point 100% to the grown maize. Therefore we advice our subscribers on the right mechanism to control the pest thus secure their yield.