SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ — A group of information technology (IT) students from the Central Luzon State University have developed a mobile application that can analyze crop needs — from planting to post-harvest — while mitigating the effects of climate change.
Called Crop++, the application can monitor the current temperature and humidity of a farm area through a temperature sensor.
It can also detect movements within the area and capture photos to identify the presence of pests. Its soil moisture sensor is used for water sufficiency for better resource management. The collected information are then analyzed and interpreted by a Web-based information system and monitored through a computer.
The developers — Jerome Rivera, Angeliko Sevilla, Aliyah Ventanilla and their coach Mike Christian Gragasin — have expressed hope that this technology will help farmers become efficient in their farm management, crop production, and eventually, increase their yield.
With the innovative app, the developers won a five-month internship program worth P225,000, P30,000-worth of supplies to improve and expand their prototype, and a cash prize worth P10,000 in the recent 3rd AgriHackathon, an application development competition held at Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) here.
The winning applications from the first two Agrihackathon events have been turned into projects, which are being used in PhilRice?s researches.
?This initiative aims to ensure that ideas from the academe are not only kept as research papers in schools but are also applied in the real world for the future of our country?s agriculture sector,? said Nehemiah Caballong, PhilRice ICT expert. — PNA