Source: Farm Radio Weekly
Farmer Hamis Birika cycles for a full hour to reach the telecentre in Kilosa, central Tanzania. But the trip is worth it. Because of the telecentre, he can now buy inputs at a fair price, and find buyers for his produce.
Mr. Birika recalls, "Last season I was producing watermelons, but they got a disease." One of the trained assistants at the telecentre advised him how to control the disease. She helped him order the correct product from Dar es Salaam. Then, as Mr. Birika explains, the telecentre helped him sell his melons: "I sold the watermelons through the advertising space on the market price board [outside the centre] and paid a commission to the centre."