Agri experts finalize Pinoy version of Rice Doctor app
Agriculture experts finalized the Filipino version of a mobile app, Rice Doctor, that will help farmers identify and manage rice crop problems at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna.
Rice Doctor is an interactive mobile app that provides text and images to help farmers, researchers, students, and extension workers diagnose over 80 pests and diseases affecting rice. The app is presently available only in English.
In a statement, IRRI said the Filipino version of the app will be available later this year, and marks the first effort to translate and localize the tool for country-specific crop problems. A similar effort is being done for Bangladesh and India.
Specialists from the Philippine Rice Research Institute and development communication students from the University of the Philippines recently joined the Rice Doctor development team to review, edit, and finalize the Filipino translation of the English descriptions of the signs, symptoms, and management options.
The Rice Doctor app was first developed by IRRI, PhilRIce, the Indonesian Research Institute for Rice, and the Lucid team of the University of Queensland in Australia. The English version is available for download for free at Google Play and App Store.