The Ritu Mausami Krishi Farm increased its vegetables production for about 20% and solved the problems of crop diseases, weather forecast, and market prices through the use of IFAKrishi android-based mobile application.
The farm is run by a group of farmers and led by woman farmer Tika Bastola. The group established the farm at Dhaphakhel village, Lalitpur district of Nepal in 2014 with a financial investment of Rs 2 million. They farm produces 15000 kilograms of tomatoes and 15,000 kilograms of other vegetables per season.
Tika Bastola, 35, said, “We are growing tomato including various vegetables at our Krishi Farm (Ritu Mausami). At this phase, weather forecast and market price information of IFAKrishi is a big help to us. The tomatoes under plastic tunnel is about to be harvested. We are getting market price reference by using IFAkrishi app to sell in coming days. Besides weather forecast and market price, we are also getting information on using organic fertilizer, vitamins and pesticide.”
IFAKrishi, an android based mobile application platform, is a one stop solution for information access and information dissemination. Larger part of the application helps the farmers by providing agriculture news, fertilizer calculation, pests/diseases information, remedies for crops and animals, facility to post instant inquiries in farmers’ forum and get solutions from experts, finding market price and trader information of various markets, etc. Farmers can also get notifications of opportunities posted by government and non-government organizations. MTCP2 Nepal supports and trains farmers for agriculture information access and dissemination.
MTCP2 Value chain and market linkage
The use of ICT to connect farmers to market traders and agriculture experts program supported individual farmers and farmers’ group including youth, dalit, women and indigenous farmers on agriculture production and marketing through Information and communication technology. Approximately 200 farmers benefited from this program.