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PhilRice develops several IT systems for agri sector

Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has been developing several information technology systems that should contribute in the overall performance of the agriculture sector.

Some of these technologies, including mobile applications, were revealed by PhilRice in a seminar called “Rollout of New Systems: Meet the IT-credibles of PhilRice”.

The seminar particularly featured 10 information technologies developed or being tested to facilitate rice research and extension efforts and improve Institutional processes.

For instance, Arturo Arocena, Jayson Gamilla, and Ronnie Rimando Jr. developed new tools for rice research and extension namely PhilRice Geotagging Tool and PhilRice Presence Portal.

The PhilRice Geotagging Tool enables rice researchers and extension workers to gather data, administer surveys, and tag geo-references of project locations, farms, and pilot sites through the use of a smart phone.

It works with the PhilRice Presence Portal, a web interface where users can view the tagged locations on the Philippine map.

Meanwhile, the developed mobile applications for smart farming include Weeds Recognition Tool and Binhing Palay App.

Developers Paul Austrian Alday, Nehemiah Caballong, and Roger Barroga said that the apps use the artificial intelligence (AI) technology.


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