NEW CELLPHONE PRICING SERVICE FOR KENYAN FARMERS

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An NGO has started services enabling farmers access to prices of various commodities through cellphones.

The farmers, using the Safaricom Short Message Services, can now get in touch with various markets to establish the prices of their products which are being facilitated by the Kenya Agricultural Commodity Exchange.

And following the development, the NGO has started giving groups of farmers in various towns mobile phones. Yesterday, eight groups benefited from the cellphones, with airtime worth Sh250 during a function officiated by Murang'a District agricultural officer Francis Wambugu. Wambugu who was accompanied by the Marketing Director of KACE Mr James Kundu appealed to farmers in Murang'a to practice good agricultural methods so that they can earn more money from their products.

He praised the NGO for its endeavour to equip farmers with current affairs on the national market adding that "information is power and from now on you can access various markets using the SMS and this is very good." Earlier on Mr Kundu had announced that his organisation had already given more cellphones to farmers in Embu, Eldoret, Kitale, Bungoma and would soon be giving others in Karatina, Machakos and Kisii.

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