In Summary
  • Dirty machines carry soil, seeds and organic matter spreading diseases.
  • Tinga app enables farmers to access a host of services ranging from chiselling, no-till planting, ploughing, harrowing, planting, spraying, harvesting and lawn mowing among others by a click of a button.
  • For Tinga, our mechanisation model enables organisations such as NGOs, churches, Saccos, and chamas to jointly access tractor services at the community level and as members earn discounted services, and regular training on best farming practices.
  • Farmers should consider hiring tractor services over outright ownership model.

Njoki Waruingi, the project manager at Tinga Rental Store, explains how you can easily access farm machines and why use them

How do you rate the use of machines on farms in Kenya, is it going up? And what are the benefits of mechanisation?

There is increased demand for tractor services, in particular, due to the fact that farmers are investing in commercialised agriculture rather than farming to cater for their food.

Ease of access to farm mechanisation services will increase area of land under cultivation, foster farm power, reduce production costs, increase food productivity, alleviate poverty and boost national economy.

What hampers usage of machinery in the country and what should be done to boost it?

There are several factors, first is accessibility, which is the biggest problem both in terms of cost and availability.

Then there is financial and credit limitations. Most farmers are unable to purchase or maintain farm equipment due to the high costs involved.

Thirdly, there is lack of know-how. Some farmers lack the knowledge required to make proper decision when choosing the right farm implement. Also, there is a shortage of skilled operators.

Lastly, farmers who have invested in the machines fear to lose revenue as the equipment are only needed at a certain time, rendering them idle for the rest of year.

Your firm has come up with the Tinga mobile application. How does it work and what benefits does it bring to the farmer and farming community in general?

Tinga app enables farmers to access a host of services ranging from chiselling, no-till planting, ploughing, harrowing, planting, spraying, harvesting and lawn mowing among others by a click of a button.

The application allows farmers to create an account, indicate their preferred service, location and the size of land to be worked on.

When the request is received, and processed, the tractor is dispatched from the nearest Tinga hub to work on the farm within the allocated time frame.

Farmers end up reducing the cost of accessing tractor services by only paying for the number of acres worked on.

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