Ugandan farmers could boost production and thwart effects of climate change with new apps

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Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) is popularising three Apps and an SMS-based platform it has developed to help farmers obtain relevant information through information communication and technology tools.

The applications, which are available on the Google Playstore are the Naro Beans, Naro Maize and Naro Cassava.

These three crops have been targeted as a start because they are considered key commodities for the country, besides coffee, tea, bananas and rice.

Boniface Akuku, director for ICT at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, who helped Uganda develop the apps, said the different platforms will offer aggregated agricultural research content to farmers which is relevant to their needs.

“This information will be on a wide range on issues, including diseases, post-harvest handling, husbandry practices, technologies and innovations and other frequently asked questions,” said Mr Akuku.

A World Bank report on the potential of agriculture in Uganda shows that although there are several structural barriers in the country’s agriculture sector, including declining productivity, vulnerability to impacts of climate change and poor quality control systems, developments in agricultural technology models could help improve the sector.

Read full, original article: Scientists to digitise agriculture chain with new apps

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