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Seminar: CESD

Tuesday, March 08, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


RCM Agro-Advisory Service for Enhanced Delivery of
Science-Based Rice Technologies

Ms. Rowena Castillo
Manager, Product Development and Deployment
Soils Group – Crop and Environmental Sciences Division

Abstract: Rice Crop Manager (RCM) is an ICT-based tool that provides farmers with a pre-season nutrient and crop management recommendation in the form of a one-page printed guideline tailored to specific field conditions. The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines has been supporting its nationwide deployment to farmers, and about 648,000 recommendations have been generated for farmers since its release in November 2013. Starting from mid 2015, RCM also provides mid-season reminders to farmers through a short messaging service (SMS) to reinforce the pre-season recommendation. By mid 2016, a beta version of a Rice Health Care (RHC) tool will complement the existing RCM by providing farmers with SMS during the season to help farmers manage pests and other field problems that arise. RCM and RHC will create the RCM agro-advisory service, which provides science-based recommendations as simple and practical messages for farmers throughout the cropping season. This seminar will demonstrate how RCM agro-advisory service can serve as a conduit to provide farmers with best science-based management practices from research, which can be implemented by farmers and are compatible with NARES recommendations. It will also present strategies to sustain information flow to farmers through professional extension.


Harrar Seminar Room, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines