The National Cereals and Produce Board has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Safaricom’s DigiFarm Kenya Ltd to facilitate small-scale farmers in Kenya access post-harvest management services through the digital platform. NCPB shall offer post-harvest management services to farmers present on the platform, while DigiFarm will connect NCPB to small-scale farmers, who will, in turn, access NCPB services at prevailing rates
“This MoU is aligned to the agriculture hub model that NCPB is required to establish under the Reforms. The hub shall provide a one-stop-shop for farmers to obtain farm inputs, farm machinery services, information on crop and animal husbandry, and quality management services among other services”. The Managing Director of NCPB, Mr. J. Kimote said. He added that the partnership will support the small-scale farmer in improving crop productivity, leading to better incomes as well as support the country in achieving the goals of the Food and Nutrition Security Pillar of the Big Four Agenda.
The MoU defines the areas of cooperation in the provision of services including product aggregation and warehousing, quality management, inventory management and control, market facilitation, extension support, and farm inputs distribution.
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“Through the Digifarm platform, we want to empower smallholder farmers across the country by giving them direct access to low-cost quality seeds and fertilizer, credit providers, mechanization services, and bulk purchasers of their produce. Our partnership with NCPB will provide farmers with post-harvest management services as well as access to the market which will enable them to sell quality products at competitive prices”, Said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.
DigiFarm is an integrated mobile platform developed by Safaricom that offers farmers convenient one-stop access to quality farm inputs, input loans, advisory services, market linkages, and crop insurance. Its vision is to make the smallholder farmer wealthier from their land, by addressing the above issues. Since its launch, DigiFarm has registered 1.3 million farmers on its platform who have benefitted from the services and products provided.