Kenya plans to launch big data platform on agriculture

NAIROBI, May 16 (Xinhua) — Kenya said Thursday it will later this year launch a big data platform on agriculture which will carry all available information on the sector.

Boniface Akuku, director of information and communication technology at Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), said that the platform will have data on farmers, stakeholders, weather, agricultural research development, production, yield and market.

Akuku noted that the platform that will be hosted in Nairobi will generate data for use by policy makers, researchers, extension services, stakeholders and farmers.

“We need quality data to help make sound decisions especially in agriculture so as to help the country become food secure,” he said while addressing a national conference on agricultural public private policy in Nairobi.

The official said that the data will be availed to users through the internet, interactive voice systems, short message services, mobile applications, television, radio and bulletins.

“We hope the big data will help us solve challenges such as climate change and other production constraints that affects agriculture sector,” Akuku added.

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