Could five University of the West Indies (UWI) undergraduate students, from the Department of Computing have come up with a real solution to a major challenge facing the island’s agricultural sector?
Judges of the Jamaican code sprint entries at the Caribbean Open Data Conference certainly believe so.
Bruce Hoo Fung, Jonathan Smith, Kimberley Roper and brothers Mumba and Kangwa Sambo are Team K2MJB -- the creative minds and developers behind ‘Farma Bredren’, a mobile phone application that will improve how the Rural Agriculture Development Authority (RADA) collects information on crops from farmers across the island. The quintuplet is students in the Department of Computing at the UWI.
RADA will benefit by having a mobile application which (its) extension officers can use to update their records instantly from the field,” explained Mumba Sambo of Team K2MJB. “This will be important so that there is a better record of which crops are available and from who. It will improve the quality of information on the amount of produce available,” he added.