SoilCares (now part of AgroCares) is a spin-off of one of the oldest and best agricultural laboratories in the Netherlands. It is the SoilCares’ dream to bring all the knowledge from an agricultural laboratory literally in the hands of all farmers worldwide, in a very affordable way. After years of development and research, SoilCares has developed the SoilCares Scanner, which will now be introduced in Kenya. With this support from Rabobank Foundation, the scanner can be used on a larger scale and business models based on maximal impact for smallholder farmers, can be tested. Rabobank Foundation has entered a partnership with SoilCares Foundation. SoilCares Foundation was established to maximise impact on smallholder farmers with SoilCares’ technologies. SoilCares Foundation and Rabobank Foundation will create impact among smallholder farmers in Kenya, using the first scanners and complementary training programmes.
How does it work?
All SoilCares’ products are equipped with sensors and are based on smart databases. The SoilCares scanner is equipped with a small Near Infrared sensor and an EC meter and can scan soils. Through a blue tooth connexion the data of the scan are transferred via an App on a smartphone to the SoilCares Global Soil Database, consisting of thousands of soil analyses. After a comparison is made between the data in the database and data of the scan, fertiliser recommendations (based on extensive calculations) are given on the smartphone within a minute and can be printed.