Feeding the nation and investing in our farmers is a key priority of Government and a critical driver for Ghana’s 2020 vision. Despite significant advances in technology, farmers remain vulnerable to climate change, drought, poor harvests, weed infestations and virulent pests. Farming techniques remain outdated, marketing costs too high, and incomes unacceptably low. There is a slow drift of young people from rural communities to the city as they see little future in agriculture. This has to change…
In a pioneering move, Esoko, a private agricultural information services company, with the support of USAID, is introducing a dedicated farmer helpline. For the first time, any farmer will be able to access the latest market prices and weather, or request tips on planting, harvesting, and diseases. They can call from any phone, with a standard rate and speak to one of their eight experts who cover more than 12 languages. It’s an easy, reliable source of information that farmers can access no matter their location.
Mark Davies, Esoko CEO believes Farmer Helpline is an essential complement to any type of SMS program being offered by Esoko and other service providers.
The Esoko farmer helpline is currently available on 1900 on Vodafone, MTN, and Airtel at a regular call rate. Tigo and Glo will be added later this year. Languages available are Dagbani, Mampruli, Twi, Kusaal, Frafra, Sissali, Dagaari, Wali, Ewe, Ga, Fante and Hausa.
Commodities covered include Maize, Rice, Soya, Sorghum, Tomatoes, Cassava, Yam, Mango, Sheanuts, and Cowpea.