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Kusuta Amone gives a tour of the plantation owned and managed by her and her husband, Sosefo IMAGE: Nishi Trading
Technological innovations are greatly shaping agriculture in Tonga.
AgWorld – a unique structured data system – is advancing the work of Nishi Trading and its growers in addition to face-to-face meetings and mentoring.
“AgWorld has been a massive game-changer, it’s increasing clarity on agronomic and financial planning across product, operational and financial requirements,” said Minoru Nishi Jr., managing director of Nishi Trading.
The platform provides Nishi’s growers with insights based on their historical farm records.
“It’s very helpful for us and it’s managing our activities both on and off the plantation,” said Kusuta Amone. “It’s tracking activities in my husband’s field and also outlining financial expenses, identifying best practices for managing the plantation and storing a history of activities addressing those fields.”
Kusuta Amone said: “It has improved our capability to closely monitor and manage our plantations, I love to call AgWorld after my husband – ‘Sosefo’s diary’.”
The platform training was funded by the Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP) Programme, a joint partnership between the European Union, Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON).