GIS – 06 June 2019: A mobile application, ‘Mokaro’, which a first-of-its kind, aiming to guide planters in their agricultural ventures, was launched, last week, by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun at the Food and Agricultural Research andExtension Institute (FAREI) in Wooton.
The ‘Mokaro’ application, developed by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation in collaboration with the FAREI will serve as a tool for farmers and planters to better plan their agricultural activities, and manage resources as well as minimise losses.
‘Mokaro’ application will advise them on future plantation, irrigation and other field activities following crop analysis and assessment. Farmers will also receive information related to climatic conditions of Mauritius, current agricultural news and alerts that may be useful for agricultural production and management. Additionally, the application will comprise a feature on planned calendar of activities and events which will inform planters on activities of stakeholders where they may be invited to participate.
The tool will enable planters to locate and communicate directly to suppliers and service providers of fertilisers and pesticides as and when required. Input suppliers, service providers and operators may register themselves for easy access by farmers.
On the occasion, the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security underlined that the creation of the mobile application for planters is in line with Government’s vision to transform Mauritius into a digital hub of excellence. Accessibility, ease of information and proximity to the community of planters will be guaranteed by the Mokaro application. He concluded that it will provide real-time information with a user-friendly approach while adding that another smart application is in the pipeline for the livestock sector.
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