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Mobile phones to aid farmers

Jone Kalouniviti
Saturday, March 01, 2014

THE planned set-up of 50 new transmitter towers by Vodafone Fiji Ltd will help in the establishment of a European Union-funded mobile phone application to be used by farmers to communicate and access information.

Agriculture Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu said it could not have come at a better time.

He said the ministry was working with Vodafone, the Fiji Crops and Livestock Council secretariat, the International Trade Centre and the EU.

"The ITC suite of mobile applications is already used in Asian and African countries," he said.

"This will help farmers access information from the ministry, export agencies, the FCLC and also enable them to communicate with other stakeholders via SMS messaging or the internet."

Fiji Export Council general manager Jone Cavubati said this would provide a direct link between the buyers and the farmers.