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Jamaican Teens Create New Innovative Farming App

APPFRANKFIELD, Clarendon: Three teenaged Edwin Allen High School students have created a technology-based mobile application that will assist farmers in managing their farms, as well as maximizing production and output based on the size of the farm and the available resources.

The innovative invention won first prize at the recently concluded National 4-H Achievement Day 2015, which was held at the Denbigh Showground, Clarendon.

The three upper-sixth-form male students are members of the Clarendon-based school’s 4-H Club.

They came up with the notion to create the app just by bouncing ideas off each other, along with the guidance of their club teacher, Norma Sinclair, and assistance from a former club member.

Herad Howell is the one with the ideas, Ricardo Gaynor is the practical person who wrote and created all the programmes in computer language from start to finish and Odaine Williams, who worked out the graphics and marketing, completed the dynamic trio.

The cell phone-compatible application, which they called ‘JAagro: The Farmers Handbook. Helping our farmers, boosting our economy’, is written in four computer-readable languages, namely: Android, IOS, BlackBerry, and Windows OS, which means that the app is compatible with all devices operated by any of the aforementioned operating systems platforms to allow for greater access by persons in all categories of cellular technology. The team is currently working to further develop the app so that it will be compatible with Apple-powered devices.


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