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Tanzania: Cellphone Apps for Soil Testing Expected in Dar

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Farmers weeding a maize field (file Photo).

Dar es Salaam — Mobile Phones will soon be used in Testing the fertility of soil at any given region, researchers say.

Kenya-primarily based, Capture Solutions, said final week that it’s going to prolong its industry to Tanzania By Way Of introducing various Mobile Phone purposes, together with using Cell Phone functions that help farmers in improving their productivity ranges.

The firm’s managing director, Mr Lawrenzo Boncompagni instructed The Citizen remaining week that a few of its merchandise to be deployed embody kits for Testing soil fertility and providing information on weights and measurements of farm merchandise.

“Wherever a farmer is situated, he/she will be able to get data on soil fertility the usage of Cell Phone purposes. The know-how is already practised in Kenya and we hope to bring it to Dar es Salaam in September this yr,” he stated.

Explaining on how soil is examined, Boncopagni said there is a soil Checking Out package which is connected to the Cellphones and there is a card for storage, receiving and sending knowledge.

The Company has already Established a branch in Tanzania.

In Kenya, he said, Capture Solutions has about 200,000 subscribers who use their smartphones to get get admission to to the applications.

Consistent With the Capture Solutions Tanzania Ltd chief executive officer, Mr Emmanuel Ngalla, preparations for introducing the Cell Phone purposes were neatly on the right track.

“We’re thru with the market survey and we know what to anticipate when September comes,” he stated.

He said there is still large market for Cell Phone applications that could present various Solutions to farming practices corresponding to advertising of agricultural merchandise, grading of farm products, branding and agribusiness promotions.

In Keeping With Mr Martin Mgallah of the Agricultural Markets Construction Belief (AMDT), adoption of such Cell Phone purposes would boost agricultural productivity in Tanzania given the fast raise within the selection of Cell Phone customers.

Already Vodacom Tanzania is operating a farm product often called Kilimo club for farmers to keep in touch with each and every other and having access to small credit score facility.

Established in November 2014, Kiliomo club enables smallholder farmers to ship and receive cash By Means Of M-pesa in addition to depositing cash in M-power to simplify agri-trade transactions.

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