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Council Launches SMS Mobile Services For Farmers

Farmers, who have registered as members of Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) will soon have access to key farming information on their mobile phones. This follows the signing of
12 Aug 2015 10:06
Council Launches SMS Mobile Services For Farmers
Seated from left: Digicel co-ordinator and CFO head of products Farid Mohammed, FCLC executive chairman Simon Cole and Vod fone Fiji’s general manager sales and marketing Rajnesh Prasad signing the MOU. Standing: Rachael Varea, commodity association co-ordinator FCLC. Photo: FCLC

Farmers, who have registered as members of Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) will soon have access to key farming information on their mobile phones.
This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Vodafone, Digicel and the council.
In the agreement both mobile phone companies will provide platforms on which FCLC will introduce a range of applications over its SMS Mobile Phone service to its members throughout Fiji.
Council executive chairman Simon Cole said for the past several months their team had been organising association meetings to encourage farmers in attendance to register as members.
Presently there are fourteen FCLC associations comprised of the pig, dairy, grazing, dalo, root crop, ginger, yaqona, honey, fruit, salad vegetables and coconut industries, as well as food processors, exporters and organics.
Mr Cole said there were already in excess of 4000 registered members from the different associations and he expected that number to grow substantially when the mobile service is officially launched in October.
He said those who wanted to register as FCLC members as well as those who are members and have subscribed to utilise SMS services should dial 1122 on their mobile phones.
These mobile phone applications will include:
“The calls will be received by FCLC personnel qualified to register farmers as members. For those who have subscribed they can request an application that best suits their needs,” Mr Cole said.
“FCLC will continue to introduce key services to its members that are specifically designed to address the needs of agriculture in Fiji. These services have been developed to complement those of the Ministry of Primary Industries and drive growth in the industry towards poverty alleviation, food security and exports. SMS Mobiles is contributing towards this goal,” he concluded.”Fiji Crop and Livestock Council
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