Public and private sectors made efforts in revolutionizing agriculture. Efforts were made to increase food production by introducing hybrid seeds, innovative farming techniques and technology, and also, application software.
Agri application software from public sectors
One of the strategies of the Department Agriculture(DA) is the creation of Farmer’s Guide Map, which identifies best crops to grown on respective regions in the Philippines. Respectively, it also provides information which fertilizers are suitable in the area, poverty incidence of the selected community can also be verified.
In line with the goal of DA’s policy in achieving self-sufficiency for rice industry, is made possible by the application software of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). According to Wilfredo B. Collado, PhilRice senior scientist specialist, “Rice Crop Manager (RCM), a desktop application launched in 2013 intended to be used by the agency’s extension workers who reach out to the farmers nationwide. The RCM recommends what farmers need to increase their crop yield. It has so far generated 1.46 million recommendations.”
More application software from PhilRice
Apart from DA, PhilRice also targets to make Philippines’ rice industry ‘more competitive’ in 2022. Despite of the intentions to help rice farmers, the slow internet connection of the Philippines hinders application’s development.
A maximum of three recommendations can be given to rice farmers. However, identifying recommendations is not enough to improve rice production of farmers. The process of following the recommendation such as farmer’s financial capability is the main problem of the farmers. They could not just afford fertilizers but also those fertilizers are not available in their area. Fortunately, PhilRice is making effort to have partnership with DA and other chemical companies to address this kind of problem.
Moreover, according to senior research specialist Ailon Oliver V. Capistrano, Leaf Color Chart (LCC) is being enhanced through the opportunity seen on Android smartphones.
Since smartphones have high-quality cameras that aid farmers to minimize human error, the traditional LCC will be enhanced as an applications on smart phones. Before, LCC was based on the user’s perception so there may be variations on how we see color.
“The usual chart has four green panels. Users would compare the leaves of the rice plant to the green panels. If it falls below the least green panel, there’s a recommendation on how much nitrogen fertilizer should be applied,” Capistrano said.
Another, PhilRice has developed, the AgriDOC App,helps farmers to rise in the value chain. This was made through the envisioned that farmers should also be entrepreneurs.+
Nehemiah L. Caballong, an information and communications technology expert in the agency explained that the AgriDOC App is a farm management tool which can keep records on expenses and activities. It also allows farmers to view their farm area through Google Maps. There is also a calendar to remind users of farm-related tasks.
According to the reports, since the app is already accessible in Google Play Store since January 2018, there are more than 604 farmers have already used this offline application.
Farmers hope that this monitoring is also available to other agri-commodities.
Mr. Caballong said that they are making ways to incorporate other crops with the help of Bureau of Plant Industry.
Existing agri application software from private sector