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Published on May 18, 2016
The idea behind the use of smartphones and NMRiceApp (http://irri.org/news/media-releases/f...) is that farmers won't need to go to their towns or cities to get site-specific nutrient management advice via the Internet, especially when far from their farms.
By using NMRiceApp on their smartphones, extension officers can instead visit farmers, interview them, and store information on their smartphone. Once the smartphone is connected to the Internet, the extension officer can process the fertilizer recommendation for the farmer and send it to him or her via a text message.
"The beauty of this tool is it's become more powerful since it has greater capacity to process fertilizer recommendations comprehensively," cites Rowena Castillo, nutrient management expert at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org). "But, at the same time, it's also easily accessible since it's on a smartphone and an extension officer can take it to farmers in remote areas.