Agriculture represents a major share of the Uzbek economy contributing 20% to GDP, 30% to employment and 40% to exports and has grown rapidly over the past decade. This growth has attracted many new entrants all along the commodity value chains from input providers and producers to post-harvest processing, marketing and retail sales actors. These new economic actors are in need of reliable, relevant and context specific information in a local language in a mobile format.
MEVA is an android based mobile application that was developed under USAID’s Agricultural Linkages Project(ALP) project with support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan in 2015
The MEVA Application provides a “gateway to information” for Uzbek farmers, particularly those involved in orchard and vineyard production.
The purpose of the solution is to provide information in a portable, flexible and easy to use digital format with images, videos and brief instruction to increase knowledge for more efficient and effective decision making by economic actors. The App provides in depth information and tools to support optimal species selection, equipment and input purchasing, integrated pest management, orchard and vineyard management, and investment planning. Information is presented through interactive displays that are complete with pictures, customized “calculators” to support decision making, safety information, and links to additional resources.
The application uses a local database to store all the digital content in the device and to operate offline that enable users in areas with low or no mobile reception take advantage of this feature. The installation file of the app can also be transferred to another device using Bluetooth or any other File Sharing protocols in order to avoid internet charges.
ALP has developed a library of training and informational materials that can be used in the context of the fruit value chains. Links for materials are available in the app and can be downloaded on PDF format. Application was developed in Uzbek language aiming for audience in Uzbekistan. However, the application is in public domain and can be repurposed for other regions as well.
The MEVA application is the first horticulture app in Uzbekistan and is being used by institutions, farmers, students and consultants as a study guide and as a quick reference. Its implementation led to positive changes in horticulture production, in particular:
- Farmers detect the pest or disease problem on their crops much faster than before. This has increased the crop and fruit quality and given a higher value for their product.
- The MEVA application has also decreased the expenses of start-up farmers on external consultancy as it has the most needed information.
The application is highlighted as one of the visually rich applications in a local aggregator website called Afisha.uz.
The application was officially released to Google Play market on 7 April 2015 and can be downloaded for free from the following link:
Budget: around 40000 USD, including the work of an illustrator.
Partner: The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan.
Representative office of” Development Alternatives Inc.” in Uzbekistan
Contact person: Sardor Kadirov, IT-specialist
Telephone: + 998977017510