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Farmers, Agricultural Experts Meet to Discuss ICT in Agriculture

Farmers and and agriculture experts will meet tomorrow 30th July in Kampala to discuss opportunities to leverage ICT to  improve agricultural production at the second edition of Vodafone Power Talks.

Speakers according to the program include agriculture experts and farmers who have successfully used ICT on their farms.

These will share their experiences which will be useful for anyone intending to venture into farming or is already into farming but is struggling to integrate technology in farm operations.

Speakers include for UIA boss Dr. Maggie Kigozi, abortion http://challengemetennis.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/module-headings.php Mr. Robert Kintu, the Managing Director FIT Uganda; Victoria Sekitoleko former Minister of Agriculture; Ronald Katamba, mobile application developer and founder of Afrosoft IT Sloutions; Stuart Oramire, a researcher and Director of Operations at Agency for Transformation.

“In Uganda, one major challenge is access to reliable and timely information. Inequity in access to information allows those with information to take advantage of those without it (often farmers), even though much of the information is technically within the public domain,” Mr Allan Richardson, CEO of Vodafone Uganda, aid.

“This forum presents a unique opportunity for farmers and or anyone involved or interested in agribusiness to learn how to leverage ICTs to improve production on their farms. We hope that this forum will be the start of the empowerment journey for agricultural entrepreneurs to enhance production, improve efficiency and profitability for their farms through technology,”

Some of the areas to be reflected on during the event he said will include, applications for production systems management with a focus on improving data collection, processing and reporting through simple and affordable means that help farmers to make decisions that will improve (or protect) their incomes in both the short and long term

“With about 80% of Ugandans directly employed in agriculture, integration of technology to improve agricultural production would contribute greatly not only to Uganda’s economic growth but also improved livelihoods of millions of Ugandans involved in agriculture. We believe ICT can potentially create an agricultural revolution in this country,” Mr. Richardson added.”

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