By CASSEY KAYULA –
E-MSIKA an e-commerce platform company that helps farmers find, buy and receive farm inputs in a fast, safe and convenient way is working with over 2,000 farmers across the country.
The eMsika is an e-commerce platform that uses face to face meetings, e-commerce website, social media and telephone calls.
The company’s chief executive officer Gilbert Mwale said in an interview in Lusaka that the e-commerce platform was helping providing farmers with agriculture inputs and equipment while handling logistics and cutting out the middleman.
“We have created a marketplace for the farmers where they can order their desired products, the products are then delivered to their homes using our own mode of transport, he said.
Mr Mwale said through this initiative, eMsika had managed to bring a good number of farmers from different provinces across the country under a common platform.
He said the platform was also allowing farmers to have their surplus and buyers’ demand for crops to be matched, advertised and traded.
Mr Mwale said with good agriculture inputs, a farmer could increase their yield.
“The core idea of the initiative is to help farmers find, buy and receive farm products in a fast, safe and convenient in their comfort of their homes,” he said.
Mr Mwale said the company was helping out farmers to increase productivity in order to improve food security and increase household income.
“Farmers face a lot of challenges like lack of transportation, accidents especially during rain season but our company addresses such challenges,” he said.
Mr Mwale explained that local farmers who had the potential to produce more food could do better with resources and technological assistance such as eMsika.