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Web Tool Helps Raise Rice Yield and Income

02 December 2013

PHILIPPINES - Launched last week in the Philippines, Rice Crop Manager puts the power of technology into action to help farmers manage their rice crops better and earn more.

“The use of the Rice Crop Manager will hopefully bring an increase in yield or productivity, and also raise the income of farmers by about Php 4,000 per crop per hectare,” said Dr. Manny Regalado, acting deputy director for research at the Department of Agriculture - Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).

Rice Crop Manager is an application that can be accessed via a smartphone or a computer with Internet connection, reports the International Rice Research Institute.

It allows extension officers to give farmers a specific recommendation on nutrient, pest, weed, or water management, depending on the specific variety they used, their yield from the previous season, and the site-specific conditions of their field.

Rice Crop Manager can be accessed for free at http://webapps.irri.org/ph/rcm. It can also be downloaded for free as an app named ‘RCM PH’ via the Google play store.

It builds on the success of its predecessor, Nutrient Manager for Rice, which was only focused on nutrient management advice.

Through improved crop and nutrient management, Rice Crop Manager aims to add 300kg of unmilled rice to each crop per season, per hectare. This additional production for the country would amount to an extra 20,000 metric tons of milled rice for each 100,000 hectares of rice cultivation per season.

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