App developed to attract African youths to go into agriculture

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The Haller Farmers App, developed by UK-based Haller Foundation, could appeal to the African youths to go into farming. The free app provides simplified, environmentally friendly information on growing indigenous vegetables, identifying and controlling pests, and easy and affordable solutions to soil nutrition, water management, and erosion control.

Engaging young people in making farming profitable and productive farming through new technologies such as land credits and markets and agricultural policies and programs can help motivate them to pursue careers in the agricultural sector.

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