Updated on February 24, 2024

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Created on July 8, 2016

UjuziKilimo Kit

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UjuziKilimo Kit is an analytical system that measures soil characteristics to help farmers understand and quantify soil qualities.

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  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institution
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Product Description

Data is collected using an electronic sensor inserted into the ground, which sends it to a central database for analysis. Farmers receive a text message with a guide on the soil, and personalized advice on preferred crop breeds, pest control, current market value of crops, tools required and where to find them. UjuziKilimo is currently available in central, Rift Valley and Nyanza regions. The product is in a piloting stage.

Target SDGs

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Market Suggested Retail Price

$100.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

UjuziKilimo

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include SoilDoc.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Currently the company has the final prototypes ready for manufacturing in a larger scale. The aim was to prepare logistics and reach out to potential manufacturing partners, to enable mass producing the hardware units for purchase and use by the field agents by July 2017.

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

Sensors can be purchased directly from manufacturer or a field agent can perform soil tests, users must suscribe for the SMS service with UjuziKilimo Solutions. All costs are inclusive in the analysis services payment. Payments are done via Mobile money M-pesa. Ujuzikilimo is partnering with organizations in the area that are working with farmers, these organizations include Ujuzikilimo's solution on top of what they are currently offering the farmers they are working with.

Distributions to Date Status

Up to January 2017 it is estimated that UjuziKilimo has directly helped over 200 rural farmers.

Design Specifications

The sensors are designed to work as long as there is phone network coverage, they do not need Wi-Fi connectivity; sensors work in Synch with the farmer’s mobile phone. The database uses an algorithm that picks all the necessary data from research institutions, universities, market agencies and other stakeholders, and synchs it, before disseminating it to the farmers.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

From manufacturer and field agents

Replacement Components

NA

Lifecycle

Unknown

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Real-time information is said to be delivered within 3 minutes upon receiving soil and farm data from the Ujuzi sensor device. Farmer's productivity is said to increase by 30-45%. and annual revenues from less than $300 to $2000.

Vetted Performance Status

5 out of 10 farmers reported 30% increase in their crop yield within 6 months, during field trials.

Safety

None

Complementary Technical Systems

Interactive SMS for weather updates, crop management and market information.

Academic Research and References

None

Compliance with regulations

Unknown

Other Information

Video on UjuziKilimo UjuziKilimo Website The price is US $20 for soil testing and analysis per season and US $0.6 monthly subscription to information. The cost per kit is US $100. The company has final prototypes ready for manufacturing A field agent can perform the soil test and give feedback to farmer via SMS. The sensor measures soils characteristics, sends it to the database and generates personalized recommendations for the farmer.

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