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Growing more maize - with a mobile phone

Six months ago Eric Owandu, from western Kenya, signed up to a regional trial of the new E-Farming text message service that provides him with advice on crop management, fertiliser use and which maize varieties to plant. In its pilot phase, the text messaging service is being assessed to see whether agronomic advice can be effectively disseminated to farmers via mobile phone.
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Once again simple inability to read (and write) are hamstringing very affordable extension strategies. Voice communication is expensive in comparison to text messages. Get those farmers into adult literacy training!
posted by: Leonard Garden (11:00:09 Fri 7th September 2012)



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