“Lack of appropriate knowledge, information affecting agricultural production”
Lack of proper knowledge and information on the dynamics of agriculture is one of the major problems facing farmers in Luwero and most parts of the region, according to agriculture experts.
The agricultural sector in Uganda employs the largest population in the country.
According to the Agribusiness Organization and Uganda Bureau of Statistics Annual Agriculture Survey Report 2018, the agricultural sector employs over 80% of the rural population and about 64.3% of the labor force. .
While officiating with the Airtel Uganda and EzyAgric partnership at Sylvia Farm in Katabona Village, Kayonza Sub-County in Luwero District, Josephine Okot, Founder and CRO of Victoria Seeds Ltd, said the majority of Farmers’ efforts are stymied by lack of information on what to plant and when, and how to manage the harvest.
“For many years, farmers have suffered losses due to misaligned information on when to plant, what to plant, where to buy inputs and at what price,” she said,
“They also lacked information on how to control pests and diseases, where to sell their products and at what price. We are confident that this partnership will go a long way in bridging this gap,” she added.
With over 70% of the population employed in the agricultural sector, Okot said there is no doubt that agriculture continues to be one of the main drivers of Uganda’s economic growth.
The signed partnership will see Airtel EzyAgric, an Agric-Tech company, help farmers adopt the use of technology through mobile phones to access useful information on agricultural inputs, markets, insurance options, marketing and weather information.
These functions, they said, will help farmers make decisions.
Speaking to ChimpReports on the sidelines of the event, Henry Njoroge, the Marketing Director of Airtel Uganda, said they are committed to supporting the reduction of barriers to social and economic empowerment of the communities in which they operate. .
“We will continuously invest in affordable and innovative products, solutions and partnerships in agriculture, education and health. We are proud to launch this service which allows farmers with feature phones to also access agricultural information to improve their decision-making and productivity,” he added.
William Luyinda, the managing director of EzyAgric, said technology continues to play a key role in improving agribusiness in Uganda.
“With almost everything being digitized, then it becomes a worthwhile investment to venture into such a partnership as the one we have with Airtel Uganda. Farmers will have access to advice from a range of resources available through our extensive list of extension officers in multiple districts who can speak English, Lugbara, Lumasaba, Runyakitara and Luganda among other translations available on the EzyAgric app “, did he declare. noted.
Farmers, he said, will also have access to information such as; Farm/Garden Mapping, Farm Shop, Ezy Credits, Farm Manager, Produce Market, Best Extension which includes; crop nutrition, diary, news, videos and financial literacy.
They will also have access to advisory topics for at least 15 crops in horticulture for; cereals, pulses, oilseeds and perennial crops, plant protection (advice on disease management and control), seed selection management, post-harvest handling and weather information, among others.