Price Monitoring and Analysis System – Neksigol Navovar

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Price Monitoring and Analysis System

The system provides access to a database of price data for over 100 items, including food commodities, agricultural products, inputs supplies and non-food items (such as fuel, unskilled and skilled wage labour rates, etc.) in 15 cities/districts of Tajikistan and for 60 agricultural products in 5 cities of Kyrgyzstan. Also, in includes analysis and reporting features allowing users to quickly browse single price series, create comparisons among products/markets/time series, download charts, data and basic statistics such as averages, percentage changes, etc.

Type Digital Solution
Organization Neksigol Group (Neksigol Navovar is responsible for software development and Neksigol Mushovir is for technical backstopping on the agronomic part) and AgroInformAsia LTD
Organization Type Consortium of partners
Country / Territory Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
Location Khujand, Bishkek
Implemented in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
Link https://prices.agroinform.asia
Use case Access to market
Domain Statistics
Description The Price Monitoring and Analysis System was implemented in 2010 by the Neksigol Group with the technical guidance of UNDP under the "Aid for Trade" project and HELVETAS under the "Local Market Development" project, and Neksigol took full control of it in 2016.
The system provides access to a database of price data for over 100 items, including food commodities, agricultural products, inputs supplies and non-food items (such as fuel, unskilled and skilled wage labour rates, etc.) in 15 cities/districts of Tajikistan. In 2015, in the framework of the partnership between the Neksigol Group and AgroInformAsia LTD, the coverage was extended to Kyrgyzstan, thus making available price data for 60 agricultural products in 5 cities of Kyrgyzstan.
In Tajikistan, the price data for food and non-food items are collected weekly in retail markets through the network of field enumerators and for input supplies - monthly from agro-shops. In Kyrgyzstan, the price data are obtained monthly from the National Statistics Committee.
The system provides analysis and reporting features allowing users to quickly browse single price series, create comparisons among products/markets/time series, download charts, data and basic statistics such as averages, percentage changes, etc.
Since 2010
Maturity Proven (Scale-up)
In partnership UNDP; HELVETAS
Technology Digital (online) platforms (forums, communities, portals); Mobile application; Digital communication (email, messengers); SMS; API (Application Programming Interface)
Technology description The field enumerators collect the data through tablets with the installed electronic questionnaire based on the Kobo platform. Shifting from paper-based questionnaires to electronic ones, reduced the workload of enumerators, and improved data quality, data reporting and efficiency.
To collect the most accurate prices possible, field enumerators walk through each row of the entire market and record the average prices of the products asked from multiple traders, their line of movement should cover the entire market. Prices are collected for commodities, which are sold in large quantities and commodities which are sold at special prices are not accounted for in the data collection. Also, for commodities with different types and qualities from different brands or companies, the prices are collected for commodities that customers buy most often.
Advanced technical solutions are applied for the dissemination and analysis of price information. The data are made available via a web-based platform, Android mobile app, SMS, messengers and API connections. The system is able to create semi-automated reports, such as weekly, monthly and quarterly market updates.
The data are available in Tajik, Kyrgyz, Russian and English languages.
Users Smallholder farms; Medium-size farms; Large-size farms; Private sector; Civil society organizations (NGOs, local action groups); Research institutions or academic organizations; Public sector; Food consumers
Users’ description Providing the price data, the system helps farmers and other businesses such as input suppliers, processing companies, exporters, etc. to plan their businesses and take informed decisions.
Also, the price reports are used by a wide range of governmental agencies, international organizations, academia and the media for supporting advanced analytics, policy-making and reporting.
Besides, other applications can connect to the system via API for accessing price data. For example, CLARA (Cash-flow Linked Agriculture Risk Assessment tool of CIBT) gets price data for agricultural products and inputs supplies and uses them for making predictive calculations for farms
Business model Open source; Fully free; Advertising; Regular subscription
Business model description The web-based platform and the Android mobile app are open sources and price data are available for free. Although, two types of in-app advertising are implemented in the web-based platform and Android mobile app, that is Google Ads and its own module for displaying ads about seeds, crop protection products, fertilizers etc. from specific advertisers. The costs are 10$/monthly or 50$/yearly.
Access to price data through SMS packages and API connections is provided based on subscription. The cost is based on the number of selected products, regions, frequency of access, etc., with an increasing discount depending on subscription duration that is on a quarterly, yearly or 3-year basis
Challenges Key unmet needs include information on wholesale prices of agricultural products to give farmers better bargaining power and help other businesses such as processing companies, exporters etc. in making informed decisions.
Also, input suppliers are not willing to provide information about the prices of their products for publication in online resources. Also, it is not always possible to update price data for input supplies due to the scarcity of specific input supplies in the country, i.e., often many of input supplies are out of stock.
Food Value Chain stage Production; Distribution (wholesale and retail)
Impact The Price Monitoring and Analysis System has become a powerful tool for monitoring the magnitude of changes in prices, understanding changes in availability and access of key commodities, and supporting decision-making and reporting. The price data is used by a wide range of private companies, governmental agencies, international organizations, academia and the media.
There are more than 3 000 users of these tools per year.
ҲРУ SDG 1: No poverty; SDG 2: Zero Hunger; SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth; SDG 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
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