Exchanging Market Prices through SMS in Cambodia
The AMIS Short Message Service (SMS) information system is a government‐owned and user‐friendly system that allows farmers and traders across Cambodia to exchange and access prices of selected agricultural commodities sold in major markets through their mobile phones. It is a web‐based data management system managed by the Agricultural Marketing Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and was developed in 2008 with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The SMS system transmits and records wholesale prices of selected commodities. The system currently focuses on 21 perishable commodities (fruits and vegetables), and has been designed in a way that will allow additional commodities to be added over time.
Coverage is nationwide, and currently includes 26 markets in all 24 provinces of Cambodia, as well as in Phnom Penh municipality. By providing a simple and inexpensive way for traders and farmers to share and access timely and reliable price information, the SMS system helps users make better‐informed decisions, bargain more effectively, increase their professional network, and expand the scope of their business.
The SMS system also provides information about traders who are interested in purchasing commodities in specific markets. As the system is further developed and expanded over time, additional commodities, markets and other related information can be included. This could include price differentiation by grades, market requirements, information on pests and disease, as well as production advice, weather advisories and early warnings.