Syecomp Business Services Ltd, a leading Ghanaian geospatial survey and mapping company will be launching a service to provide meteorological information services on agriculture for smallholder and commercial farmers in Ghana.
This is the first service of its kind in Ghana where farmers will receive and also request for scientific information on weather, soil and crop-related conditions of their farms. “The use of quantitative, geospatial data obtained from farmlands and its effective transformation into qualitative information understandable by farmers is a unique game-changer to challenges faced by farmers in Ghana with regards to plant growth, field moisture, yield determination and mineral deposits”, said Mr. Solomon Elorm Allavi, the company’s Chief Operations Manager.
The negative impact of climate change, water scarcity and food security on the productivity of smallholder and commercial farmers in Ghana needs to be addressed through innovative scientific approaches. Even in seasons of abundant water, knowledge on appropriate use is very limited. The use of satellite and remote sensing data to assist farmers in their decision-making is thus essential for improved productivity, high yields and improvement in their economic livelihoods.
This technology will be powered via an interactive web platform and information disseminated through voice, SMS, and in print based on request from farmers and other actors in agriculture.