When farmers living in isolated villages in central Rakhine State need urgent information about agriculture or livestock, their only option is to travel to the Department of Agriculture or NGO offices in town. For most this means losing a day’s work to boat, or if possible, road travel.
“If there are problems with livestock production, it’s not easy to get advice,” says Ko Sa Nay Aung from Chaung Net village in Minbya Township.
Thanks to growing smartphone use in rural Rakhine state and a new mobile phone application called Green Way, farmers might be able to avoid the slow and expensive journey to township capitals.
The app provides news on agriculture and livestock, techniques for improving production, information on fertilizers and paddy varieties, and techniques for controlling pests and diseases.
“If we have any problems we can easily access the Green Way app to find solutions,” said Ko Sa Nay Aung, one of 20 farmers who was trained to use the Green Way agriculture app by Tat Lan in Myebon in September.
The app also updates market prices for agricultural commodities like paddy, vegetables and fruits, so that farmers can make sure they are earning their fair share.
31 Oct, 2018 Tat Lan