New app fea­tures Phl rice va­ri­eties

The Philippine Star - - AGRICULTURE -

Seed qual­ity and va­ri­etal in­for­ma­tion tops all queries in a farmer’s mind.

Ev­ery crop­ping sea­son, new and vet­eran rice farm­ers ask, “What va­ri­ety should I plant now?” Added to this are their con­cerns on yield and suit­abil­ity un­der lo­cal con­di­tion.

The need for this in­for­ma­tion mo­ti­vated ICT spe­cial­ists Ne­hemiah Ca­bal­long and Paul Aus­tian Al­day of the Philip­pine Rice Re­search In­sti­tute (PhilRice) to de­velop the Bin­hing Palay app with the Na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Test­ing Group.

Launched dur­ing the re­cent Na­tional Rice Re­search for Devel­op­ment Con­fer­ence, the dig­i­tal ap­pli­ca­tion fea­tures a cat­a­logue of all re­leased rice va­ri­eties in the Philip­pines.

The app, which can be down­loaded in the Google Play Store, pro­vides fast and easy ac­cess to basic and up­dated va­ri­etal in­for­ma­tion. It also works on off­line mode.

“Us­ing their smart­phones or tablets, farm­ers, seed grow­ers, ex­ten­sion work­ers, and other agri­cul­ture en­thu­si­asts can use the app to get the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on modern rice va­ri­eties,” Ca­bal­long said.

The app con­tains 289 rice va­ri­eties in­clud­ing their agro­nomic char­ac­ter­is­tics, pest and dis­ease re­sis­tance, and grain qual­ity. It au­to­mat­i­cally up­dates ev­ery time a new va­ri­ety is re­leased and has a sort and fil­ter list fea­ture.

“App users can fil­ter through the list based on lo­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, sea­son, crop es­tab­lish­ment, seed clas­si­fi­ca­tion, or year of re­lease,” the 27-year-old spe­cial­ist said.

Rec­om­men­da­tions for the dry and wet crop­ping sea­son based on re­ports from the DA re­gional of­fices are also in­cluded in the app.

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