By ENWONO-ABASI ELISHA
The Management of EL-KANIS has launched a Vernacular Interactive Voice Response Platform (EIVR) and other online products for quick and accessible service delivery for farmers.
This was made known by the Managing Director of EL-KANIS and Partners, Mr. Ekam Ukpe during the official launch of the of the Agric-Tech Platforms on Friday.
According to him, “this purely a servicing platform for farmers who can call our subsidised tariff phone line for counselling and we offer the services free of charge.
“Though is a commercial platform, we sell our products to farmers on demand but offer free administration of any service as would be demanded by farmers. This is of more advantage to the farmers because our products and services are readily available on demand and the farmer-care line is opened 24/7.”
EL-KANIS MD said they also offer consultancy services to organisations and individuals who are interested in supporting the food industry by setting up large farms. He added that the Company do acquire land, set up farms, train staff and managed it for six-months after which it is handed over to the respective client.
He went further to explain that the 24/7 farmer-care line: 08021810028 is prompted by several services from 1-5. Depending on the caller’s demand, the line is programmed to prompt the farm to make appropriate option of the needed services.
If the caller presses 1, it will provide Livestock services; if the caller presses 2, it is for Crop Farming; if option 3 is pressed, it is for Elites who are interested to start up big farms; and service option number 4 is for purchase of farm inputs; while option 5 is for training.
Their inputs cover feeds, seeds, agro-chemicals, drugs, additives with free delivery services.
EL-KANIS said it is partnering with relevant experts, scholars and institutions specialized in the field of Agriculture to offer optimum services to farmers.
He expressed optimism that the online platforms provided by EL-KANIS in the nearest future will be a one-stop solution hub for farmers which traffic would have been increased to 200,000 callers or clients visiting the relevant sites per day.
In his submission, the Executive Director of ElKanis, Dr. Moses Akpan said the platform is an innovative smart platform to solve farmers’ problems in a technological driven age.
He said intense sensitisation has been ongoing in the rural areas concerning the new farmers and online friendly Platforms.
The Director, Research and Development of EL-KANIS, Mr. Ukeme Archibong Awan said the Company is a digital technology developer for agriculture and food sector. He added that it is developed with local farmers in mind and are very friendly platforms.
The platforms will help to support rural farmers with agro-services; connecting agro-producers with processors; and enabling market access to farmers.
With a smart phone, farmers can access other online products of EL-KANIS which include; Akwa Ibom State Farmers Information Management System (AKFIMS) which is a completed database for Akwa Ibom State farmers. Another is AgricBusiness Enterprise Development Program situated online at www.aedpafrica.org – a world class training hub for agribusiness. Is an application which can be downloaded from playstore.
Also, FarmX www.farmxshop.com is an online fresh food stuff Market; FarmX Mobile application is an Agribusiness Management Operations Platform. This can be downloaded from Playstore.
Available also is FarmTrust Ag-Sensor Drone Solutions helps to monitor crop farms in order to detect outbreak of diseases, growth, landmass survey etc.
The official launch of EL-KANIS online products had Developers, famers, Agric-Engineers and the media.