Tigo announced the launch of a pilot
project, known as ‘Tigo Kilimo,’ which aims to provide farmers
with relevant and timely agricultural information from their mobile
Farmers can access this service via
their mobile phones by simply dialing *148*14#, bringing them to the
Tigo Kilimo menu. The menu screen will display a list of general
information on daily weather forecast, comprehensive details on soil
management, pest control methods on more than 20 common vegetable,
fruit and grain crops, and information on livestock care and
life-cycle, the press realize said.
‘Tigo Kilimo’ is an SMS-based
application which presents small-scale farmers in Tanzania with an
unprecedented opportunity to run their operations more productively.
Through this platform, it said, farmers get real-time information on
weather forecast and agricultural tips. Further, it enables them to
increase their yield and help close the productivity gap with other
parts of the world.
“Using mobile phone based
agricultural solutions will create linkages and help farmers improve
their farming practices”, said Yaya Ndjore, project manager for
‘Tigo Kilimo’ service at Tigo Tanzania.
“The impact of
poor transport and communications infrastructures, mean that farmers
in developing countries struggle to get access to vital agricultural
information, as well as training and advice on topics such as pests
and diseases, weather and proven farming practices. Through this
service, Tigo will offer new, cost-effective and scalable solutions
to address these challenges”, he said.
In the second phase of the project,
Tigo will add more services, such as information on market price, as
well as to set up an interactive helpline for farmers to call in for
advice, the statement said.
(Source: IPP Media)