ROLL OUT OF NANDE-FARMERS, DIGITAL PLATFORM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFARICOM
In its pursuit to digitize the entire agricultural value chain and improve service delivery to all stakeholders in Agriculture & Cooperative Development, the County Government of Nandi through the department of ICT & E-Government in partnership with Safaricom on Monday, scheduled and commenced on a week’s training program to county officers technical team in the named departments on the newly established farmers e platform named Nande-Farmers.
The training is set to ensure an effective roll out before the launch of the platform.
Nande-Farmers is a well established ICT-based Agricultural Information Management and Subsidy Platform developed by the County ICT in collaboration with Safaricom Digi farm.
Digi farm is an integrated, free to use mobile platform developed by Safaricom as the technology partner which offers farmers access to a suit of information and financial services.
Nande-Farmers is set to offer a platform for : comprehensive farmers profiling including complete data on households, extension services, quality input, credit& insurance, service delivery and market facilitation. It will also integrate all other agricultural related technologies rolled out in the county such as DigiCow and Rapid Vets to provide one platform/USSD for easy access by farmers.
Speaking during the training, the chief officer in charge ICT & E-government, Jonathan Misoi pointed out that Nande-Farmers will improve value chains in agricultural sector to ensure farmers achieve much more. He added that the platform is key in facilitating His Excellency Hon Stephen Sang transformational development project of cooling plants that will see cooperatives creameries process its milk.
He pointed out that automation is the first step towards the implementation of these strategies and that is why Digifarm has been involved to handle the farm management level of profiling farmers’ information and providing access to the accounted information.
Mr. Misoi stressed on the importance of data in optimizing performance.
“We are living in the decade of data; we cannot make policies as a county government without having ample data for us to make pronouncements in policy for example subsidy management. This will also keep cartel offerings on check and provide for a fair and equitable service provision to all farmers”
The data on registered farmers will allow the county government source vital data for planning and resource allocation as well as extensive services to farmers.
Other technologies to facilitate farmers profiling will be the geospatial mapping. Physical mapping will aid in farm produce aggregation and classification, yield prediction and acreage estimation. The County Government ICT department GIS lab in collaboration with Oakar Services will champion this service.