Mobile Phone Applications for Agricultural Extension

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Two of the essential factors essential for the acceleration of agricultural growth are knowledge and information that may guarantee increased production coupled with efficient distribution and marketing practices. To this end, cellular technologies have proven their capacity to assist farmers in the total farming activities which range from manufacturing to sales and beyond. Studies in countries like Sri Lanka have discovered that farmers were able to considerably improve their incomes using easy cell phone programs where 40 per cent of their harvest loss was avoided with timely interventions made possible using the applications.

For quite a while, Kenya represented among the world’s most dynamic agricultural mobile software development environments with tremendous possibilities for new and innovative applications with a strong software development system which has led tech giants to invest their funds in improving and further diluting the capacity of the dynamic mobile program landscape. However, with over 180 million mobile phone users, Nigeria represents an even greater route for mobile agriculture.

These and several other variables of Africa’s mobile revolution illustrated by innovations like mobile creations such as M-Pesa and the obvious success of the simple e-wallet method of Nigeria in the last decade revealed the promise of cellular services. Today, cellular phones are owned by even more people and consequently, applications will be obtained more on mobile devices than any other platform. At precisely the exact same time, there are so many inventions and services provided through the mobile avenue.

Whereas mobile applications are typically viewed from the view of smartphones as opposed to feature phones, it’s of great interest to note that for the previous two decades, mobile applications are developed in developing countries for the standard second-generation (2G) phone for a vast range of services including agriculture among many others. However, we should observe that the rapid change of cellular networks evolution is easing so much change in cellular applications. This is speaking about the shift in 2G to EDGE, to 3G and subsequently to 4G/LTE. Mobile applications are being enlarged and scaled to do more.

It is also notable that an impeding factor to this penetration of smartphones in Africa is broadband, the accessibility of which decides a good deal. A lot of the developing nations have low or no 3G (and now 4 and 5G) penetration with significant barriers in costs of both purchases and data downloads. All in all, nearly all mobile programs are entertainment and lifestyle focused offered for the mass customer base at a minimal price. This is a sign that it will be challenging to come up with a mobile program targeting a specific sector, for example, agriculture. Mobile apps which are targeted for developmental functions are slow in revenue generation and slower to attain financial sustainability.

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Meanwhile, the general market for mobile apps has seen such remarkable and exponential growth over the past decade and is growing at an equally rapid rate evidenced by the rising amount of consumers which range from individuals to companies that continue to guzzle advanced applications by the millions making it really hard to quantify the market. Regardless of the limitations and opportunities, using mobile telephones to enhance agriculture will see to the accomplishment of a very critical element in any industry that involves speed and convenience. Indeed, mobile phones provide this at a remarkably low cost that overlooking it will be damaging to the total agriculture ecosystem.

Another massive benefit of using mobile phones to reach farmers would be the incredible opportunity to offer and catch personalised data to individual owners of mobile phones. This is not only a great chance for effective solutions to a diverse selection of individual problems but a chance to comprehend difficulties down to the most minute of the details and how they influence the farmer and the produce.

Mobile telephones are cheaper to get compared to other platforms like the aforementioned touchscreen, a deployment to which will be more expensive than it would deploy to a bigger amount of cellular phones. The selection of functionalities accessible using mobile phones is a large one, especially on the smartphone which has many features like cameras and detectors. Also, even basic features like voice communication set the cellular phone at more advantage to using than other platforms.

Conclusively, this incredible rise of mobile technologies is fastest in developing countries like ours where people have just as much, if not bigger, data needs as their counterparts in developed nations. Agriculture represents one of the most critical sectors for cellular intervention, and also for all the reasons emphasized, Nigerian agriculture stands to reap great rewards if mobile technologies are utilised. Thus, we shouldn’t relent in our adoption, development and usage of mobile technologies such as agriculture.

 

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