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Tanzania: Digital Network 'Wefarm' expands

Wefarm is a farmer-to-farmer digital network that is currently expanding operations in Tanzania after helping more than 1.5 million small scale farmers in Kenya and Uganda to share information about farming activities.

The General Manager of the digital network platform, Nicholas John said in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday that they would officially launch their operations in Tanzania tomorrow after a successful brief period of trials in Iringa, Njombe and Songwe regions.

The Manager said they expected to expand to other regions after the launching event and were optimistic of registering between 40,000 and 50,000 new members every month in Tanzania: "We have set a month target of between 40,000 and 50,000 new members and we hope by the end of the year we will have 300,000 farmers in our ecosystem.”

Wefarm has many farmers in Kenya and Uganda who connect with one another to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation, through SMS without needing an internet connection.

The Wefarm Head of Field in Tanzania, Cyrila Antony said farmers share more than 40,000 questions and answers every day in four languages and the questions takes a maximum of 13 minutes to get an answer.


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