Farmers urged to embrace technology

African farmers have been urged to use technology to boost food production on the continent. At a seminar on ‘Development and poverty reduction’ organised by the Germany-based capacity-building institution, experts said research in many African countries had shown that the soil lacks nitrogen which could be replenished through prudent use of fertilizers. As a solution, agronomists and soil scientists are collaborating with Google to use the latest technology for a digital soil mapping. The new technology is developing the digital soil map of the world, which would allow farmers to test the soil to ascertain the level of nitrogen required by their lands through the use of mobile phones. Read more here.


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