Since time immemorial small scale farmers in Kenya are known to resent technology in their farming activities. This is characterized by low yields, poor timing and most importantly low quality produce that do not meet the market standards thus belittling the farmers in the competitive markets.
This is becoming a past thing in Meru County since the launching of Farm Records Management Information Systems FARMIS-Kenya .The farmers are profiled by production Information Agents on a computer system enabling the make use of their mobile Phones to enhance quality and quantity production as well as farming records that are kept in a digital form.
Through the use of mobile phones, farmers can now be able to access market information which is vital in adding value to their farms since they will be able to bargain for better prices. More so they are able to access farming tips as while as opportunities for group farming and marketing, extension services and many other benefits.
FARMIS-Kenya is run by sokopepe a social enterprise company allied to Arid Lands Information Network .It is aiming at transforming the agricultural sector in Kenya thus helping the small scale farmers to improve their production.
Trainees for citizen journalism yesterday left each other in excitement when they demanded for claps .This happened at Olympia Hotel after their trainer Mr. Bob Aston gave them an assignment to identify 5 Ws and H that are commonly used in journalism. One of the trainees a Mr. Koinare defied orders to sit down in demand for claps which was done after a big laugh.
The training is conducted by Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) staff under the sponsorship of United Nations Development Program .The training is aiming on empowering the people in blogging and sharing information with others by the use of internet. It was launched by Mr. Antony Mugo the deputy director with ALIN and it is expected to take place for the next three days.
The trainees expressed great expectation by the end of the course that will enable them become citizen journalist.