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PlantVillage SMS program to Target Kenyan Farmers
PlantVillage SMS program is a free to use mobile platform offering small holder farmers access to free pool of information.
The SMS program has grown exponentially since January 3rd, 2020 when the SMS service was officially launched and operational in Kenya. The SMS platform has provided thousands of farmers across different counties in Kenya an opportunity to register and get information on the best farm practices.
The purpose of PlantVillage SMS program is to help farmers improve their yields by providing free and relevant Agricultural information, advice and knowledge.
Some of the services that farmers are able to access through PlantVillage SMS program includes; climate smart advice, weather updates relevant to the farmers location, information on pest and diseases, knowledge about Push-Pull technology, knowledge about No-till farming, Soil management practices, information on general Agriculture and an opportunity for Farmers to ask questions about their crops.
How do farmers access PlantVillage SMS platform
Farmers are required to text the word “join” or “jiunge” to 20307 to access this service. Farmers can ask questions about their farming activities and receive relevant feedback through the help of agricultural experts from different countries and through farmer to farmer sharing of knowledge.
PlantVillage SMS program is Free of charge and farmers don’t incur any cost to send or receive messages.
Written By:Mercyline Tata