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WhatsApp farmers chatting their way to profits - 3 months ago, 25 Mar 22:43

Waikwa Maina

Francis Kimingi has owned a mobile phone for more than a decade but has never had a reason to install or open any of popular social media accounts.

The father of three from Kinari, Kiambu County use to believe social media is a preserve of teenagers and educated people working in offices and living in urban areas. But he changed this perception last year. He downloaded, installed and opened a WhatsApp account.

He is a member of a farmers’ group that uses modern technology to foster their farming activities.

"It has made my work easier. I use the account to communicate with other farmers as well as seek the advice from agronomists," says Mr Kimingi.

He is a member of Grafco Sacco, owned by small-scale farmers contracted to grow kales for export.

“I became aggressively active in the group in December when we planted the first crop. I am now reaping some good monthly returns. ...
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