With Iska Weather Service, farmers in Nigeria can predict the weather with 84 percent forecasts accuracy thereby empowering them to militate against adverse weather conditions that can impact negatively on their crops.
Speaking about the success recorded on this innovative service, Head of Digital Media, 9mobile, Bolanle Afuye, said that the company has been receiving thumbs up from event planners and traders, and other people whose means of livelihood or activities can be adversely impacted by poor weather.
Afuye explained that going by the telecom firm’s findings, users have been taking advantage of Iska Weather Service to plan their events or activities thereby maximizing output unhindered by weather conditions.
Speaking further, Afuye said Iska Weather Service provides 9mobile consumers with localized weather forecasts via SMS and USSD with 84 percent forecasts accuracy.
Further, on the benefits of the service, she said the service offers subscribers access to Ignitia’s daily 2-day weather forecast service on rainfall risk, timing, and intensity, along with the monthly and seasonal outlooks once per month.
Afuye stated: “Climate change is a serious environmental condition that affects all of us whether as humans, plants or animals. The Weather being a major issue impacts on farming and food security. Thus, farmers are so concerned about the weather, especially considering that too much rain can cause the death of plants or infect plants with disease.”
The launch of Iska has been as a way of furthering of the company’s commitment to leveraging technology in creating innovative solutions for its customers.
Iska Weather Service is a simple, easy-to-use platform, and it comes in handy for 9mobile subscribers, who live in rural and urban areas, particularly farmers between ages 25 – 60 years, and event planners and retailers between ages 25 – 45 years as well as young and middle-aged individuals and those who use technology in their businesses.
Speaking further on the service, Afuye said Iska Weather Service is affordable and flexible with customers having the option to choose their preferred subscription package ranging from N10 per day, N35 per week or N100 per month.