PhilRice to operate high-tech agriculture info system
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will soon serve as the operations hub of an agriculture information system in support of the deployment government interventions needed for the rice industry.
The system, called Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM), uses remote sensing, crop modelling technologies, cloud computing, and ICTs to map and monitor rice areas.
It provides data on rice yield, production losses due to flood or drought, occurrence of pest injuries and diseases, and farmers’ practices on fertilizer and pesticide use and the rice varieties they planted.
PRISM also enhances the efficiency in handling pest outbreaks as accurate assessment are provided.
“The information system can be used to inform the implementors about where to place priority programs especially during typhoons when damage assessment is crucial,” PRISM project leader Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang said.
With PhilRice as the information system center, PRISM unit was created to house the infrastructure and human resources required for its operations.
Research and development activities will also be conducted to further improve the system’s technology.
In its full deployment starting this second semester, PRISM is envisioned to provide monthly advisory to Department of Agriculture (DA) and its regional field offices about rice health and other rice related data.
This will help the department in assisting rice areas with low yield. Data on assessing farm risks will also be soon gathered.