Farmers go mobile

FARMING information will be made more accessible to registered farmers with Vodafone and Digicel set to launch mobile applications in October.

This became possible after a memorandum of understanding was signed between Vodafone, Digicel and the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) to provide mobile applications through their services.

These applications include: FijiMakete, mAlerts, mCollection. mPrices and mPoling.

FCLC executive chairman Simon Cole said meetings had been organised by the FCLC to encourage farmers to become registered members.

Mr Cole said there were already 4000 registered members from the different associations and he expected the number to grow substantially when the mobile service was launched.

He said those who wanted to register as members, including current members, could subscribe to utilise SMS services by dialling 1122 on their mobile phones.

“The calls will be received by FCLC personnel qualified to register farmers as members. For those who have subscribed, they can request an application that best suits their needs,” Mr Cole said.

“FCLC will continue to introduce key services to its members that are specifically designed to address the needs of agriculture in Fiji. These services have been developed to complement those of the Ministry of Primary Industries and drive growth in the industry towards poverty alleviation, food security and exports. SMS Mobiles is contributing towards this goal.”

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