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  • 19-Oct-2017

Agri-Doctor

Abstract

Agridoctor is the information services for agricultural practitioners which enable a person to get the right type of information from the start he has a plan to plan a certain type of crop, the app/service will give him/her detail on the best crop to plant on the area he is residing on and what type of crop grow more effectively on that specific geographic area and what time of the year should he/she plant that crop this will include the best method of farming that product. this will enable a farmer to get the best option of the material before planting and it will also advise him when is the right time to harvest a certain plant so that his crops won’t saturate the market and have low profit. It will help him to show what is the best/specific seed/fertilizer/pesticide to use. Also, it will show him the weather trends and market trends what is the right time to sell their products

The customers are the farmers and product buyers

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

The total size of my market is all the farmers in Tanzania who farm products either for commercial or food purposes. Based on the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority report of July 2017; Tanzania has mobile subscribers of nearly 45million; where approximately 40% of the subscribers are farmers. The app targets to reach more than 16million farmers who use mobile phone in a year.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Agridoctor is the information service for agricultural practitioners which enable a person to get the right type of information from the initial planning stage of planting a certain type of crop to the final stage of harvesting. The Agridoctor will also assist the agricultural practitioners to find a suitable competitive market for the products. The application /service will be able to provide detailed information on the best crop to grow basing on the practitioner geographical location; the time of year (session) and the suitable farming methods for that respective crop. This will enable the agricultural practitioner to make informed decisions on resources to be considered before planting, right time to apply pesticides and fertilizers, right time to harvest. It will also give him/her predictions of the market prices and what is the best time to put his/her products depending on demand and supply for adequate profit margins. The app/service will also be able to provide information on the storage methods for preserving the products and other available storage facilities in a certain geographical area. The targeted users for this application are both producers (agricultural practitioners) and the buyers.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

To whom will I market my products? My product will target specifically farmers who farm perishable goods and edible ones My industry. The agriculture industry which has been in Tanzania for a while but there is no improvement due to the lack of information on how to deliver the best yield. What factors will make the company succeed? The company is tapping the unexplored mobile information industry to provide agriculture information to those farmers who are still struggling due to low yield while they have committed a lot of resources in their agriculture activities What do I think is my major competitive strengths will be? The knowledge on information technology and my agriculture farming practices and education experience will be a staking force to achieve the objectives

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

The AgriDoctor app and system will be produced by android application developers and VAS system developers where by the content of the system will be created by specialist who deal with market and agriculture and then vetted by Ministry of Agriculture its stakeholders AgriDoctor will provide the following services 1. This is an information service for agricultural practitioners which enable a person to get the right type of information from the start he/she has a plan to plant a certain type of crop up to the last stage when he/she will harvest and plan to find a market for the product, the app/service will give him/her detail on the best crop to plant basing on the geographical area he is residing on. 2. It will also provide him/her the best time of the year should he/she plant that crop and the best farming method for that product. This will enable a farmer to get the best options of the material to use before planting and it will also advise him when is the right time to harvest, what is the right time to put pesticides and bets time to put fertilizers on the plant. 3. Furthermore, the app/service will give the agricultural practitioners predictions of the market prices and the best time to put his/her product in the market so that his/her produce in the market for suitable profit margins. 4. The app/service will also be able to bring updates of weather prediction and nearest location of an agricultural officer who may help to provide them with more input in case the further clarification is required on the information provided for better decision making process. 5. The app/service will also incorporate updates on the location of the nearest local shop with the specified seeds and pesticides for efficient and effective time management upon mobilizing resources for farming. The delivery services from the local show will be available; the delivery fee could vary based on the location of the farmer. The farmer will be able to confirm the receipt of the delivery via the app/service once the consignment arrives. 6. Incorporation of the current agricultural market trend is the best concept of all; upon harvesting the farmers will be able to get information on the price trends on both local and international markets. The farmers will also be able to obtain the indicative prices for a certain future date in instances they decide not to sell their produces with the current prices until that future period. For the instances where the farmer decides to store their produces; the app/service will provide them with the best storage methods available which the farmer can implement if its within his/her capacity. It will also give them an option of storing the produce into a nearest government food storage until the period of selling the goods arrives. The farmer will be able to monitor their specific stocks level throughout the storage period in the public storage via the app/service. For control purpose the farmer will be required to authorize the release the stock from the storage via his app/service together with physical signing of release order. The farmer will bear a minimal storage cost which will also be indicated in the app/service based on the market practice of that specific geographical location. 7. On the competitive advantage side the farmer will be able to get a specific price estimates at any time he wants to sell his goods and also it will be able to collect information from various regions on what crops can be grown, the harvesting time and indicative prices of those crops. It will also assist the government to understand the areas to build the collection storage points in order to assist the farmers with the storage capabilities.