E-Agriculture refers to the process of deploying, adopting and accepting ICTs into the different aspects of the Agricultural Value-Chain. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), it involves the conceptualization, design, development, evaluation and application of creative ways of deploying ICTs to improve outcomes in the Agricultural sector. It takes advantage of smartphone technologies, big data analytics, social networking and other cutting edge technologies to ensure that farmers and stakeholders have actionable information upon which to improve their process and generate more income.
Listed below are other vital benefits provided by this advancement in Agriculture:
- Reduction of Agricultural produce loss and wastage resulting from lack of proper storage knowledge and lack of market to the rural farmers.
- Dissemination of information of high yielding varieties to the farmer and where to buy them.
- Provision of information on right planting time, spacing and other tips that will improve yield.
- Provision of the right information on the use of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.
- Provision of proper and efficient market information to enable profit to the farmer.
- Assisting of Farmers to have access to government policies and programs. Assisting of farmers to have access to information about credit facilities.
Considering these numerous benefits E-Agriculture offers, efforts should be made by all relevant stakeholders in the sector to help farmers maximize it in order to increase their crop yield, create employment opportunities and solve food problem on a global scale.