Thursday , June 8 2023

Cassava Smartech initiative way to go


Land, agriculture, water, climate and rural relocation The Ministry says it supports technological innovations that aim to develop agricultural productivity.

This follows the progress made by the Cassava Smartech EcoFarmer to digitally improve farming tips through the mobile platform, which is a unique solution platform that provides advice on agriculture, specific weather updates, weekly agricultural market prices and financial services.

Last Friday, Cassava Smartech, which will be listed separately on the Zimbabwean Scholarship, hosted a first EcoFarmer Expo exhibition at the Murehwa Center, 90km northeast of Harare.

Over 3 500 farmers, government officials, agricultural input providers and agricultural extension officers participated in the thematic exhibition "Taking Agriculture to the Next Level".

There were also non-governmental organization officers and executive directors Econet and Cassava Smartech.

Addressing the guests on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture Perrance Shiri, Mashonaland East Provincial Officer for Plant Production and Livestock Production, Mr. Leonard Munamati, said Information Technology (ICT) was a vital element in improving agriculture.

He congratulated Cassava Smartech for taking the lead in using technology to support the agricultural community and boost agricultural production.

"My ministry recognizes the potential of ICT and innovation as powerful tools for transforming agriculture into Zimbabwe," said Minister Shiri.

He said his ministry has fully supported the transformation of agriculture "from low productivity, subsistence agriculture into a modernized, technology-based agriculture that guarantees productivity growth, national food security and farmers' profitability."

Speaking at the same event, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe CEO Douglas Mboweni said Econet and the Cassava business are grateful to God for the company's ability to innovate and find solutions that solve people's problems, as demonstrated by EcoFarmer.

"EcoFarmer connects you to a rich range of agricultural resources and information and provides access to agricultural experts," Mr. Mboweni said.

He thanked thousands of farmers who attended the event, some of them displaying cultures and animals at the Expo, welcoming them for the pace of adopting new technologies to improve their yields and lives.

He also expressed his gratitude to the government and political decision-makers for supporting Cassava's initiatives to harness technology to boost agricultural output and help transform the lives of small farmers.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Services, Hon Dr J Muswere, who spoke at the same event, congratulated the Econet Group on its role as a leader in the use of ICT to influence the economy in agriculture and agriculture, reiterating that its ministry has supported the use of information communication technologies to empower and transform economic life.

The EcoFarmer service, which already boasts over 1 million registered farmers across the country, provides farmers with a unique service package that can be easily accessed via the mobile phone. The services include access to a trading platform, weather forecasts, and a bank card compatible with ZimSwitch transactions, linked to the EcoCash farmer's wallet.

Farmers in the EcoFarmer Club also enjoy reduced prices at approved vendors, partner country vendors.

Econet recently announced plans to divide and separate Cassava Smartech separately in a move that market observers consider to be a strategic division of the division to unlock shareholder value and increase management focus on growing brands from Cassava, EcoCash, EcoSure, EcoFarmer and Steward Bank, among others.


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