Kenyan small-scale farmers can now access post-harvest services from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) following a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Safaricom’s DigiFarm Kenya Ltd.
Through the deal, NCPB shall offer post-harvest management services to farmers present on the platform, while DigiFarm will connect NCPB to small-scale farmers, who will in turn, access NCPB services at prevailing rates.
“This MoU is aligned to the agriculture hub model that NCPB is required to establish under the reforms. The hub shall provide a one-stop shop for farmers to obtain farm inputs, farm machinery services, information on crop and animal husbandry and quality management services among other services,” said NCPB managing director Mr J Kimote.
The partnership will support small-scale farmers in improving crop productivity, leading to better incomes as well as support the country in achieving the goals of the Food and Nutrition Security Pillar of the Big Four Agenda.
The main focus will be product aggregation and warehousing, quality management, inventory management and control, market facilitation, extension support and farm inputs distribution.
“Through the Digifarm platform we want to empower smallholder farmers across the country by giving them direct access to low-cost quality seeds and fertiliser, credit providers, mechanisation services and bulk purchasers of their produce. Our partnership with NCPB will provide farmers with post-harvest management services as well as access to market which will enable them sell quality produce at competitive prices,” said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.
DigiFarm is an integrated mobile platform developed by Safaricom that offers farmers a convenient one-stop access to quality farm inputs, input loans, advisory services, market linkages, and crop insurance.
Since its launch DigiFarm has registered 1.3 million farmers on its platform who have benefitted from the services and products provided.