The Ministry of agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) Through Rwanda youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) on April 17, 2019, organized induction time of 66 interns who were trained to collect food pricing informations using e-SOKO database system.
Speaking during the event, Jean Baptiste Hategekimana, RYAF Chairman recommended E-SOKO market agents to be good ambassadors of agribusiness in this new assignment.
He noted “I want everyone’s efforts as ambassadors of Agribusiness and use this opportunity given by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources in transforming agribusiness.
we will need to work hard and bring the real information to show how we are capable to transform the agriculture sector by using the pricing information which will will play a vital role among the Rwandan society.
Marion Nirere Mulindwa, MINAGRI SPIU Coordinator said that “we chose to use the youth as one of the strengths of the countries we have today, the ministry expects your hard work to offer good services by collecting true information and report on time.”
The interns were also given tablets to help them collect and enter the pricing information in the databases using e-SOKO system.
The Ministry has set up this Market Price Information System (e-SOKO) that leverages the power of Information and Communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of MINAGRI’s process of collecting, processing, and disseminating market information including prices and other relevant data.
The aim of this project is to provide all citizens and more specifically farmers and traders in and around Rwanda and globally with the latest agricultural and related commodity prices at all major markets in Rwanda.
The e-Soko application is built on state of the art technology which integrates an information system with multi-access data channels including interactive voice response (IVR), mobile text (SMS) and smartphone applications (Android).
In addition, the system supports SMS alerts or notifications to mobile phones for improved communication with field staff.
From RYAF communication TEAM