Experts call for use of technology in agriculture
SEE ALSO :Farmers compete with monkeys for food“African governments have used many policy instruments to improve farm productivity but most farmers are still only marginally improving yields,” Waruingi said. A situation Waruingi attributes to inferior farming equipment, that have not evolved hence sifling productivity. “It’s time for Kenya and the rest of Africa to leverage on new technologies to help in improving farming and also improve yields,” he added. Advantech firm has launched a new faming concept dubbed ‘Farming as Business’ where they use technology to empower small scale farmers across the East Africa region. While explaining the initiative, Waruingi said:
SEE ALSO :Afya House hit by Sh15b fee scandal“Data plays a key role in farming and that’s why through our technology App we are able to collect data from all the small scale farmers in Tanzania where we have piloted the project in Iringa region.” He says that they have registered over 100,000 small scale farmers through which with they are able to make accurate decision on what should be done in order to improve the yields of every farmer as per the need. The firm asserts that the technology has been to attract donor funding to execute the project in Kenya as well. It works by collecting aerial images from satellites, which are then utilized in advising farmers on crop production. The technology works in both USSD Code and smart phones that enables farmers have access to information like weather forecasts, market information, and financial tips to farmers, who are traditionally out of reach, due to barriers in connectivity, literacy, or language. He points out various advantages farmers can reap while using the technological platform.