In December 2017, Impact Terra, East-West Seed and Bright Light visited the mung bean farmers in Thongwa. Impact Terra used this trip to talk to the mung bean farmers to understand their farming information needs as well as to introduce and ask feedback on its agricultural application “Golden Paddy”. In the workshop, farmers were asked about their information and access needs with regards to the weather, pest and disease advice, farming services such as day labour and market prices.
For instance, farmers highly value weather information as it allows them to make better decisions with regards to farm management, whether it’d be the timing of spraying of chemicals or sequencing of harvesting. The information provided by the farmers during this trip will be used as input for the development of the information services directed at the mung bean farmers.