Sweet potato is one of the leading staple foods in the country. Grown in Teso sub-region, it is rich in vitamin A. In fact, Uganda is the top producer of sweet potatoes in Africa. However, the quality of sweet potato often keeps changing due to several factors as poor farming methods while farmers incur losses when their sweet potato floods the market at the same time.
To ensure there is proper monitoring of the crop and boost its quality, the department of Crop Inspection and Certification in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has partnered with Makerere University and other to create an app called Viazi Vitamu. The app was launched on March 18 at Imperial Royale hotel in Entebbe. Viazi Vitamu is a Swahili word that basically means sweet potato.
According to Edward Erongu, a Senior Agriculture Crop Inspector and also the team leader on the project, the system is going to track the value chain of sweet potato growing in East Africa, right from planting material up to the market.
“With this app, we will be able to detect the diseases in the field as well as recognition of the various types of sweet potato in the field.
Other partners on the app include Eight Tech Consults Ltd, Bio-Innovate Africa, Senai Bio-Science Laboratories, Harvest Plus, Jomo-Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology, Makerere University, Tari and Rab.
A farmer can access the system using https://dashboard.sweetpotatoeseastafrica.org or
download on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=icopsea.sweetpotatoeseastafrica.viazi .