The JKUAT tech expo 2011 saw M-shamba, an application developed by a fifth year Biomechanical and Processing Engineering student, Calvince Okello, win the second best project.
M-shamba is an interactive, simple, and user-friendly interface application that provides up to date information to farmers, about the agricultural activities they undertake or wish to partake through their mobile phones.
The application covers an entire agricultural process or life cycle, in both crop and animal production from land preparation to harvesting; post-harvest handling, value addition and finally marketing of the product in case of crops. For livestock rearing, the farmer gets to know about the various types of livestock breeds, feeding habits, diseases and parasites, production structures, products, product value addition and markets
It also provides utilities such as weather and climate, extension services, veterinary services, transport services to farmers and real time agricultural news to farmers. Other important utilities such as the farmer’s profile contain a farmer’s diary which helps in proper planning and preparation. The application will also enable farmers to interact with each other by sharing information with the others on M-shamba.
This innovative application made the student walk away with a Samsung Galaxy mini Smart phone, presented by Prof. Esther Kahangi, DVC APD, JKUAT.
JKUAT Tech Expo is an annual an annual exhibition, staged by students to showcase inventions they have developed during their course of study at the University. The event was organized by the JKUAT Research, Production and Extension Division (RPE).