Owing to the success of developing extension services through Phase I of Disruptive Agricultural Technologies (DAT) program, the second phase is now in inception. The mandate stands at extending agricultural output capacities through use of technology in resource mobilization, as an effective response towards agricultural extension services.
On Monday, the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Co-operative Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five cohorts comprising of Amtech, Apollo Agriculture, DigiCow, Hello Tractor and Kuza who are partnered with the County Government to drive the initiative to support the farmer sustain operations .
The County Government of Nandi, through the NARIG project, is committed to leverage emerging digital solutions towards service delivery investment so as to prioritize productivity and hence profitability of agricultural ventures at farmer level.
Speaking during the PHASE II launch, Chief Executive Committee Member (CECM) Agriculture and Co-operative Development, Dr. Kiplimo Arap Lagat emphasized the need for farmers to value extension services as a necessary determinant baseline for maximization of productivity and profitability.
He termed agricultural extension services as a good plan and establishment to target profits and evaluate risks. This in turn facilitates good use of support structures to mitigate risks and for accreditation purposes when sourcing for credit financing and markets for products.
Details of the specific role of each the innovators are as follows:
• Amtech Solutions will offer credit to small-scale farmers who are registered in groups through credit scoring enabling them access other services.
• Apollo Agriculture will enable small-scale farmers to maximize profits by bundling services such as financing, farm inputs, insurance and access to market.
• DigiCow will provide a digital platform for A.I service providers called Ndume App which also will assist farmers access A.I services allowing them to get gestational SMS alerts and advisory services, digital trainings through Digicow App where farmers will have access to verified extension information enabling them to improve on production and profitability.
• HelloTractor will provide IoT hardware and software for tractor owners to better manage their equipment, fuel, and operators while servicing smallholder farmers in need of mechanization services resulting in an increase in crop productivity
• Kuza Biashara will provide a smallholder farmer ecosystem management platform that will leverage last-mile entrepreneurial agents to increase the income of smallholder farmers at scale.
Also present during the launch was Chief Officer Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei, Chief Officer for ICT Jonathan Misoi, Directors, Staff and Stakeholders from the five cohorts.