Jaguza Livestock, an agriculture-based technology company operating in Uganda, is making major moves to help the country develop its farming industry.
According to Jaguza, economic growth and poverty “move with the fortunes of Uganda’s agriculture sector, which, in turn, depend on the whims of the weather.
The tech company, whose overall goal is to address farming-related problems, especially for people who are socially or economically disadvantaged, believes that technology can help transform Uganda into a regional powerhouse.
The firm has been quick to point out mistakes in the country’s current farming industry, especially those that have been rife for several decades.
For instance, from as early as the 1950s farmers in the Agoro Valley of present day Lamwo District in Uganda established systems for emergency irrigation. Statistics indicate that by the year 2010, there were several public, private or public-private owned irrigation schemes, covering only 14,418 hectares of the 4,400,000 hectares of potential arable land. Recent statistics now show that less than 2% of the total arable land in Uganda is not dependent on rain.
To make matters worse, unscrupulous businesspeople have filled the market for farming inputs with fake or poor-quality products.
“Farmers will not invest in commercial agriculture while counterfeit and poor-quality inputs dominate the market,” Jaguza said in a statement issued this week.
The company explained that due to poor agricultural practices, low technological adoption, insecurity over land ownership, poor access to extension services, low quality inputs, and lack of credit, Uganda’s agriculture sector continues to be hindered from realizing its full potential.
Despite Uganda’s troubles within its agriculture sector, booming domestic and regional demand for higher-value foods arising from income growth, urbanization, and dietary shifts offer massive opportunities for the country’s farmers, for value chains beyond farm production, and for better jobs in agriculture.
Jaguza also notes that the Internet of Things (IoT) is making it possible for farmers and growers to optimize their crop yields and promote livestock health through remote monitoring and data-driven decision making.
Simply put, IoT refers to a network of interconnected things or devices that collect and exchange information.
The company is famous for its Jaguza livestock App, is used to monitor and diagnose the early stages of diseases in animals using sensor technology and to locate the whereabouts of animals using several tech-based systems, such as GPS mapping algorithms.