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iCow Is Now The Top Mobile Agricultural App



Farmers in Kenya have all the support in farming they need, one of the people who have the farmers interests at heart include iCow,  it is an SMS based mobile application aimed at  promoting smart animal husbandry. This App has received recognition from IT News Africa and has been rated as Africa’s best mobile agricultural application by IT News Africa during  the just concluded ICT4Ag conference in Rwanda.

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All the farmer has to do to subscribe to this service is dialing  the short code, *285#, and animal farmers can access expert  information for Kshs.3 per message.  So far 12,000  farmers have subscribed to the service, 55 percent of whom are youth between 18 and 35  years of age.

iCow has  three main features namely Kalenda, Mashauri and Vet and artificial  insemination. Kalenda enables farmers to keep track of their animals during the  gestation period while Mashauri is a service that sends farmers three SMS  tips a week on best agricultural practices. The  Vet and Artificial Insemination service links farmers with veterinarians.

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“We are very excited that IT News  Africa has recognised iCow as a leading social innovation this early into its  life. We are continuously expanding our offering to farmers  and just recently, we introduced information on  rearing indigenous chickens on the Mashauri feature,” said Su Kahumbu, iCow’s founder.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore highlighted the importance of social  innovations. He noted that, “The mobile phone explosion being witnessed in Sub  Saharan Africa has positioned the device as an important tool in addressing  social needs. In line with our vision of Transforming Lives, we have a team  dedicated to the introduction of mobile apps such as iCow, which provide  solutions to social issues.”
Another  Kenyan app on Africa’s top ten mobile agricultural apps is M-Shamba, an interactive  platform that is being used by about 4000 rice farmers to help them adopt  new technologies in rice farming.

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Caroline Vutagwa
Caroline Vutagwa
Minding my own business is not enough for me that's why you will always find me minding Africa's Businesses as well as Technology and of course letting you know about it. Talk to me on [email protected]

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