ESOKO Ghana, an agricultural commodity index that tracks the prices of selected agricultural products across
Farmers can dial 1900 at regular call rates to access the service said to be the first of its kind in the country.
It is available to
Languages available are Dagbani, Mampruli, Twi, Kusaal, Frafra, Sissali, Dagaari, Wali, Ewe, Ga, Fante and Hausa.
Maize, rice, soya, sorghum, tomato, cassava, yam, mango, sheanuts and cowpea farmers are among producers poised to benefit from the helpline.
Esoko is partnering with
According to officials, currently, eight operators are on standby to cover about ten commodities in depth, but there are plans to cover up to 25 commodities by the close of the year.
Esoko's Farmer Helpline Manager,
Esoko Chief Executive Officer,
"There is a lot of hype out there about how smartphones and SMS services can help farmers but really you've got to go back to basics and offer them answers in their own language from dedicated professionals they can trust," he added.
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