Monthly Archives: June 2012
This weekend, I had the previllage to visit a farm I managed during my days as an intern at Bayer CropScience and I must say I am impressed by the farming going on there.
If all Kenyan farmers were as aggressive as the farmers I met today then we would definately be able to feed this country and have plenty more to sell.
What I learnt is that farming is not just ploughing the land and putting seeds on the ground. There is a lot more that needs to be done for example farm scouting for pests and diseases. A farmer also needs to understand the nutrients that are needed in the farm and he should ensure that his/her farm is well maintained.
The most important thing is that farming should be treated as a business and this calls for record keeping. A serious farmer should be able to keep records of all the activities in the farm.
Another important thing is market information, before you decide to venture into any type of farming you should do a market research to know if there is a good market for your produce.
For the past couple of days I have been testing Next.us messaging app and I thing this the best app that can transform agribusiness in the region. This app is designed to create social and economic value for its users by connecting them to people and organizations nearby with whom they share common interests or concerns.
It works best for the agribusiness sector because it can be used across the agribusiness value chain.
The farmer can use it for the following purposes;
1.Get information on farm inputs
2. Get market information- Where to sell and the best market price
3. They get a chance to interact with the service providers e.g agro- chemical companies through text messaging.
Because most farmers can only afford low-cost prepaid cellular phones, Next2 has created this service so that it can be accessed mostly through SMS (Short Message Service). The service can also be accessed online.
The app is simple and easy to use
The best thing about this Service is that is affordable to the user. It costs only 1 Kshs to send a text and it is free to receive.
To register Send a text to 5557 starting with reg, username, region and Country
e.g for Kips I will text reg kips Nairobi Kenya
What I love most about this app is the “Get” Command
This is where the user updates the info on what you offer by logging in to http://m.next2.us/ after you register.
Once logged in go to my my files and add the description to what you offer. Other users can then be able to get this by texting “Get username X” e.g if you text get kips to 5557 you will be able to get the about kips.
Here are a few points to note about Next2
For more info. download the Next2 SMS user guide Tweet me on @kipsizoo