The uLima mobile platform, developed by Imperial Logistics company Resolve, provides farmers across Africa with access to a toolset, database and the latest market information.With information on crops, seed, soil, livestock, agri-chemicals, weather updates and market prices, all at their fingertips.
According to Imperial Logistics chief strategy officer, Cobus Rossouw “uLima allows for ease of reference to best practice methodology. One of its key features is a tailor-made solution for each farmer in terms of crop calendars, which offers step-by-step assistance from pre-planting to post-harvest.”
According to Sunesh Bhoola, CEO of uLima, who commissioned the development of the app after his organization recognized the importance of improved yields for farmers, Africa, despite having vast tracts of land that are available for agricultural usage, remains a net importer of food. This, however, needs to be changed . it is also very important for African farmers to increase their yield.“This concern needs to be addressed, and the ability of our farmers to increase their yield is a step in the right direction. Not only do improved yields mean that farmers can provide for their own families and communities better, but the growing demand for food across the continent means that output needs to increase”, he added.
Users have immediate access to crop libraries, livestock libraries, real-time localized weather information with weather alerts, and the latest market price information by crop, grade and country. An added key feature is the access to tailor-made crop calendars and smallholder farmer forums that allow for shared learning across various crop categories.