Gideon Anyona has always monitored activities in his farm using a smart phone while relaxing in his rented apartment located on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
His 15 acre farm, located in a rural Narok county 150 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, has a resident employee but mobile technology has eased the pressure of monitoring the general status of crops planted there.
The 33-year old banker manages his farm from the house, thanks to technology which has for the last few years transformed Kenya’s agriculture sector.
Anyona is among a growing army of farmers changing the East African nation’s agriculture sector, giving it a new and trendy face. Millions of youth are now venturing into it.
Armed with a smart phone, laptop and the internet, the new crop of farmers have engineered a revolution that has not only changed the perception towards farming but is also contributing to the country’s efforts in achieving food security.
“I am a banker by profession, I work at one of leading banks in Kenya but I plan to quit soon and focus on farming full time.