May 21, 2017

Data & Information Services

The Data and Information Services (DIS) are branded as INFOTRADE offering integrated market information services that collects, analyses, stores and allows users to receive, share information on production, markets and payment transactions.  In the process of data collection, Infotrade accumulates different forms of data to support agribusiness decisions, behavior analysis and livelihood interventions.

The Data insights form the core of the INFOTRADE services.  Infotrade is a trade name that stands for‘Information for trade’and has been in existence since 2008. It is premised on three applications AGMIS – Agricultural Market Information Service, FARMIS – Farmer Record Management Service and Maalicard farmer payment service formerly provided by FIT Uganda.

FIT collects a lot of data via ICT tools like, paper surveys, voice surveys, mobile, website, applications, POS and people through word of mouth. Information feeds are developed into generic reports, tailored user reports or supplied according to public request. These include trends, behavioral studies, aggregated reports and profiles for individuals and groups etc..

Infotrade product and services are arranged in tiers and can be accessed in stages or in one piece for farmers, private services providers, development partners and governments.

  • Infotrade Market Data: The Agricultural Market Information System –This is an on-line (web-based) platform that aggregates market price Information from 35 major districts in Uganda for 48 Agricultural products, trends and price movements of the same. Price data is collected three times a week, analyzed and disseminated via integrated media channels; website, voice – mobile/ text SMS, IVR, Call Center, email and others like notice boards (See www.infotradeuganda.com).  q FIT Insights has set up  market data collection service in  Tanzania to cover nine major supplier markets.
  • Infotrade Production Data insights (Farmer Record Management System): Is aimed at reaching out to multiple farmers’needs using selected value chains, working farmer associations, marketing groups, cooperatives, SACCOs and CBOs to build a network of benefiting farmer communities. It is an e-enabled platform /service that sits on both mobile app and web and collects seasonal production data from commercial farmers, creating a track record of farm records, business monitoring and continuous analysis.
  • Infotrade Farmer Traceable Profiles: A system that allows member organizations to have individual farmers profiled, maintain digital farm records on production,. (See: www.farmis.ug) It creates Farmer identification Services and simplifies tracing.
  • Infotrade Transaction Data Insights; As individuals trade and seek for markets, the Point of Sales provide  active transaction prices,  quantity, volume and crop sold at each registered and participating stores.  This information completes the cycle of trade and gives insights in the market behaviors and trends in production, consumption and client preferences.

Information dissemination using SMS TEXT and SMS Voice and weekly email service

Agricultural price dissemination Services provides Prices @ your fingertips.  It delivers market prices, Weather alerts- Five day weather forecast, Farming tips, Insurance tips or Financial Tips.

Infotrade Basic – you can subscribe to free information on your phone in form of TEXT or VOICE message. The above information will be delivered on your mobile  in a text of 160 characters at least 3 times a week at the preferred time.  Local data charges may apply but the information is free.

Weekly Mail with Market Insights:  You can also enlist for email services to receive a weekly market Insights report on your mail with a PDF file showing all the 35 markets, 46 commodities.  Email your request to: Infotrade@fitinsightsgroup.com.  This is a completely free service.

Infotrade Basic Plus: Bulk Messaging Services: with over 50,000 farmers on the database, Infotrade provides bulk messaging services to its members who are mainly farmers that subscribe on the Infotrade premier and markets.  Our SMS platform also provides the ability to send bulk messages to on all local networks, within East Africa and the rest of Africa. All you need to do is to open up an account with us. Each SMS costs 35 to 70 Uganda shillings.

SMS Polls using Voice Text Services: With the SMS Polls service, we will be able to create various types of attractive SMS voting events and real time online discussion  boards (SMS survey, SMS poll, SMS quiz, etc.) and publish voting results in real-time on the screen and/or Web site. E.g. Viewers can vote on interesting discussion polls e.g. “which market sells the Most high quality  Maize?”

 

Information dissemination using SMS TEXT and SMS Voice and weekly email service

Agricultural price dissemination Services provides Prices @ your fingertips.  It delivers market prices, Weather alerts- Five day weather forecast, Farming tips, Insurance tips or Financial Tips.

Infotrade Basic – you can subscribe to free information on your phone in form of TEXT or VOICE message. The above information will be delivered on your mobile  in a text of 160 characters at least 3 times a week at the preferred time.  Local data charges may apply but the information is free.

Weekly Mail with Market Insights:  You can also enlist for email services to receive a weekly market Insights report on your mail with a PDF file showing all the 35 markets, 46 commodities.  Email your request to: Infotrade@fitinsightsgroup.com.  This is a completely free service.

Infotrade Basic Plus: Bulk Messaging Services: with over 50,000 farmers on the database, Infotrade provides bulk messaging services to its members who are mainly farmers that subscribe on the Infotrade premier and markets.  Our SMS platform also provides the ability to send bulk messages to on all local networks, within East Africa and the rest of Africa. All you need to do is to open up an account with us. Each SMS costs 35 to 70 Uganda shillings.

SMS Polls using Voice Text Services: With the SMS Polls service, we will be able to create various types of attractive SMS voting events and real time online discussion  boards (SMS survey, SMS poll, SMS quiz, etc.) and publish voting results in real-time on the screen and/or Web site. E.g. Viewers can vote on interesting discussion polls e.g. “which market sells the Most high quality  Maize?”