Farmers in Kenya are getting empowered everyday through innovative technologies that is helping them reduce costs, maximize yields and profits, and still be incredibly efficient in the process.
Below are five (5) mobile apps and websites that are making farming life easier to farmers in Kenya;
DigiCow targets smallholder farmers in Kenya and enterprise engaged in dairy farming, enabling the farmer to increase their profits through data driven decision making. The app is accessed and installed from google play store, with the farmer required to register and secure his information with a pin.
The next thing is for the farmer to key in data to capture cow details, milk production, milk sales health breeding and feeding information. The app is designed to use data and feedback production, financial reports, breeding and health reports
Click here to download DigiCow
NAFIS is an information Service developed by the National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Programme (NALEP) to enable farmers get extension information simply by calling the service or browsing the NAFIS website.
NAFIS displays free market prices on their website although sometimes the information is not updated it provides a relatively accurate picture of prices on the ground. Market prices of vegetables are usually very dodgy in Kenya especially when brokers are involved so these figures are usually there to guide you on what to expect.
Click here to access Nafis
FarmDrive connects you to loans and financial management tools, all through your mobile phone. FarmDrive does this through a credit score, generated by an algorithm developed by the team, in-house. The algorithm relies on data-sets collected from the farmers through their mobile phones, alternative data and machine learning. To register on FarmDrive SMS the word FARMDRIVE to 21342
Budget Mkononi is a web-based agricultural budgeting tool that allows young farmers to plan and budget for their farm. It is a joint initiative of Mercy Corps AgriFin Accelerate program and The Mediae Company, that was developed by Regulus Ltd. Budget Mkononi was initially designed to enhance the financial literacy on the TV show, Don’t Lose the Plot, created and produced by Mediae.
Through the budgeting tool, users can identify the basic costs and elements required to set up and run their farming enterprise, along with revenue flows and timelines.
By entering their crop and acreage, the user receives detailed information stretching from seed prices, planting dates, best practice tips and a detailed timetable of crop growth. The tool is optimized for mobile phone connections and is specifically targeted at the youth, in order to encourage them to view farming as a viable and sustainable career venture.
Click here to access Budget Mkononi
Digital Farmers Kenya (Facebook Group)
Digital Farmers Kenya is a Facebook group aims at encouraging members to exchange farming ideas and latest farming technologies that can improve farming practices. Farmers are also able to sell their farm produce through the group by posting pictures and exchanging contacts.
Click here to join Digital Farmers Kenya