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Mobile Phones based Agricultural Information Systems

7 Nov

Many systems have been developed for the purpose of sending agricultural information from agricultural advisories/institutions to farmers. Few of them have been shown to work efficiently and have resulted in helping the farmers. Some of the systems that were developed in order to facilitate the farmers are given below:


SAPA Mobile is a mobile-based full functional supply chain and information management system. It integrates large numbers of smallholder farmers (small holder farmers are those farmers who own or cultivate less than 2.0 hectare of land) into commercial supply chains facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between smallholder farmers and exporters/buyers. It also provides technical information, and recommends best practices to smallholder farmers in real time. This application was used in Sukabumi, West Java, Serdang Bedagai, and North Sumatera regions.


Nokia life tools are the services developed for agriculture, education and entertainment which were available in local languages. These services were used in India and Indonesia and were only available on Nokia Phones.Nokia life tool give information on weather, agriculture tips &techniques and market prices to the farmers in order to help them to improve productivity and earnings.


Figure 2: Nokia Life Tool



AgriFone is an application developed for agriculture sector by a third Party. It addresses the needs of farmers, agricultural workers, agribusinesses and input suppliers. It provides convenient and easy-to-use tools for farmers on cheap mobile phones. Unique feature of AgriFone is one-to-one, one-to-many and peer-to-peer exchange of text, voice and images amongst mobile subscribers. This application was used in Maharashtra/India. AgriFone is not used commercially.

4.     mKRISHI

mKrishi is a joint platform integrating different stakeholders in provisioning agriculture services in local language. Farmers can send queries to agriculture experts and receive replies in personalized or relevant form. It was used in India. This is a proprietary solution.

Figure 3:mKRISHI

How mKrishi works:

mKkrishi is an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) – based system. The farmers dial a published number (called the IVR Service number) to avail this service. They listen to it and select the appropriate audio prompts (in the local language of the region). They record their questions and get a question id for each question.

Experts analyze the queries and provide the appropriate audio advice. An SMS is sent to the each farmer indicating that his/her question has been replied to. When the advice is available, the farmers enter the query id on the phone to listen to the expert’s advice. Experts can also send out various alerts like the weather forecast, market prices etc. in either English or the local languages to the farmers.


0700 an Interactive Voice Response service (IVR) provides agriculture related information and was launched by Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong to target rural customers in Pakistan. This service is launched only to facilitate farmer community but was not able to generate sizeable revenue therefore this service is currently discontinued.

6.     ESOKO (ESOKO, 2011)

ESOKO is mobile based system developed for sending SMS to farmers to provide them agricultural information. This application was used in Afghanistan, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Togo.

Esoko services

  • Live market Feeds: Real-time SMS alerts on market prices of agriculture commodities
  • Direct SMS marketing: This feature is used to target specific groups of users to send procurement or extension messages and reduces travel and communication costs
  • Scout polling: This feature is used to set up automatic SMS surveying for field activities to track inventories, crop activities etc. and also this feature monitor and report on crop cycles and yields online
  • Profiling and marketing: Customizable Web space that can advertise goods and services

Figure 4: Esoko

7.     E-ARIK

The E-Arik project established a ‘Village Knowledge Centre’ with computer, internet link, printer, scanner, phone and TV at Yagrung village. Project facilitators (agricultural professionals, a computer instructor and farmer facilitators) were appointed at the Centre to help farmers access ICT based agricultural information. E-Arik is made for the farmers of a village in India.

E-Arik services

  • Information about crop cultivation and other agricultural practices.
  • Baseline information from relevant agriculture and rural developmental departments of government.
  • Specific information on government schemes such as farmer welfare programmers.
  • Day to day market information and weather forecasts.


Figure 5: e-Arick

8.     M-FARM

M-Farm is a mobile application that helps Kenyan farmers to get market information and improve their agriculture productivity. Offering a simple, accessible, and affordable alternative to using the internet, small-scale farmers can text the number 3535 to request pricing information for a specific crop in a specific location.

M-Farm services:

  • Enabling farmers to inquire about current market prices of different crops from different regions and/or specific markets.
  • Aggregating farmers needs/orders and connecting them with farm input suppliers.
  • Enabling farmers to sell collectively and connecting them with a ready market.


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