Jamaica’s Agriculture getting Data Rich

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TECH NEWS -CLIP enables users to send text messages to an automated system to ascertain whether agricultural produce was purchased from farmers registered with RADA and Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS). A receipt number is sent via text message to a server that queries the database and immediately pulls up information on a farmer.

 

Open data may be a recent global phenomenon, but Jamaicans are already beginning to unlock significant economic value from it. It is machine-readable information, particularly government data, that is made available to the general public. In addition, open data has been touted as a means of achieving greater government transparency and as a tool to improve the delivery of public services and to empower citizens.

At the same time, open data has given rise to entrepreneurship by helping many start-ups to establish themselves, make new products and improve efficiencies. More