Seaweed Farmers in Kupang Bay

Our Kupang Bay Project focuses on providing seaweed farming cultivation best practices, weather updates and market price for 

seaweed availability by connecting farmers to our team of professionals tasked with sharing knowledge and information with them. Currently, there are 200 farmers who receive weekly SMS updates directly to their hand phones. This model is designed to improve farmers’ lives by enabling them to receive information to improve yields and have broader access to lucrative markets.
 
Best Practices
 
Farmers receive weekly guidance via SMS on the proper and best method of farming seaweeds. Specifically, the learner will be able to - Identify the factors in the selection of a suitable site, prepare the farm site and culture materials as well as implementing the optimal techniques for maximizing yields and reducing wasted harvests through disease and incorrect practices.
 
Weather Updates
 
The farmer gets a regular forecast in his or her mobile phone by an automatically generated text message, tailored to the location by GPS coordinates. When needed, an early warning is issued for severe weather and threat of natural disaster. Farmers are directly dependent on tidal surges and high waves and rainfall for growing, maintenance and harvesting of their crops.
 
Market Price
 
Farmers are provided with up-to-date market prices for West Timor Seaweed. The prices are updated in via a central database by data collectors at various markets, and offer transparency of prices inside the market that the Farmers located in the isolated village of Sulamu lack. These prices are then frequently sent to the mobile phones of the farmers via SMS. Farmers will know the prevailing prices and hence negotiate from the vantage point of knowledge thereby increasing incomes.