Problem: Kenyan 14 million farmers are faced with farm productivity of only 30% and about $5 billion input loses due to uninformed farming decisions, poor usage of seeds, fertilizers and unprocessed data on environmental, soil and weather factors.
Solution: UjuziSensor is a sensor-based soil testing kit that establishes an everlasting information sharing session between farmers and the first ever consolidated database covering accurate data in the whole farming lifecycle and allows the farmer to have affordable access to precise, accurate, easy-to-understand and actionable farming and market information through their mobile phone.
Goals and objectives: UjuziSensor aims to increase productivity through precision insights, leveraging data analytics and artificial intelligence to enhance the efficiency of small holder farmers.
Implementation: UjuziSensor is developed by UjuziKilimo founded in 2014 by 24-year-old Kenyan Brian Bosire, who was raised on a farm and was motivated by the struggles of his parents who dealt with the financial consequences of poor harvest each season after investing time and money. At the age of 19, Bosire invented a simple device for his mother to use, which would allow her to stick the device in the ground and immediately determine which crops could result in maximum yield, the amount of fertilizer needed and optimal seed varieties, so that to decrease the risk involved in the traditional approach to farming.
The device is cost effective, easy to use as testing process takes a field agent about five minutes to read the results and another two minutes for the results to be transmitted to the farmer. The device can assess data from about 10 acres of land. The device utilizes GPS for farm location, weather conditions and soil qualities. Based on the results, UjuziSensor provides advice on fertilizers, seeds and specific crop management to optimize harvest. Precision farming reduces the risk of using the wrong quantities and high cost on fertilizers, enhances soil conservation and increases productivity.
In 2017 10 young field agents were trained in sales, soil testing and other relevant agribusiness skills.
Achievements: UjuziSensor has brought real time farm data to Kenyan farmers, providing targeting services based on analytics resulting in $100 savings on fertilizer and a further $100 in extra income. The device optimizes input usage by 95% and productivity by 80%.
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