Building an application is one thing and testing it in the environment where it is supposed to work is another. we know that technologies that are built for agriculture and more especially rural small holder farmers are faced with lots of challenges like slow internet connectivity, low literacy and adoption rates. Testing these applications in the field is crucial to their success once they are fully rolled out to all the stake holders involved. Training and feedback is key in the development of solutions that will work not what you think should work.
It is from our experience working with researchers like Prof. Mukasa of Makerere University, College of agriculture that we have learnt to build applications that accommodate the interests of all stakeholders to avoid the challenges that may arise at a later stage during Project implementation
The filed trip saw the ICT team from Eight Tech Consults (Dr. Drake Mirembe and Tumusiime Robert) together with Agriculture experts (Prof. Mukasa, Opolot and Rebecca) traverse the districts of Mbale, Bukedea, Soroti, Kumi and Serere registering Cassava farmers under the Cassava CARP project and Field Vein Multipliers for sweet Potatoes using the mobile agric tools and also mapping the location of these gardens.