Use of IT in farming a boon to agriculture

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


THE application of information technology (IT) in the agriculture may help boost the industry's efficiency and productivity, an official of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICT) said.

Lizabel Holganza, chair of the NICP, speaking in yesterday's Davao Business Forum at Dermpath at SM City Davao, said they are encouraging software and information technology developers to take a look at the requirements and the needs of the agricultural sector to see what kind of applications or systems can be developed.

For instance, she suggested that one of the software applications in which IT developers can make is a tagging system which then provides details on the tree that has been tagged.

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She said this kind of application or software can help those in the agribusiness in saving money and also improving their efficiency.

Holganza, who is also into agriculture and a farmer herself, pointed out that there are now a lot of farmers who have mobile phones and developers can take advantage of this by way of making an SMS type of application that provides access to information on the farm or valuable information for the farmer that can be sent to the mobile user.

For smartphone users, a learning application on farming or crops is also a boon for agriculture.

"There so many things we can do...it will make our lives so much easier. Our peso will go a longer way," Horganza said.

She said the marriage of IT and agriculture is now a common practice among big agricultural companies.

Holganza said IT will be most beneficial to micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) farms.

"Assuming that these IT or software programs can be made free," she said.
Holganza said developing applications for the use of farmers and farmer-entrepreneurs will be able to empower them.

"If agribusiness can be empowered by information technology, it will be a game changer for Mindanao," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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