Odisha rice farmers to benefit from app developed by IRRI
Rice Crop Manager (RCM) is a web-based tool developed by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) that provides farmers with customized crop and nutrient management recommendations based on their actual field conditions and needs. Odisha’s Department of Agriculture (DoA), in collaboration with IRRI, is promoting the use of RCM through a project that seeks to increase the productivity and profitability of rice-based cropping systems and farmers’ income. Through RCM, that is available in Oriya and English, Odisha rice farmers are now receiving site-specific fertilizer recommendations for their crop without having to leave their villages. Such tools can help increase the productivity and incomes of the rice farmers of the State.
RCM centers are being set up on every block in the selected districts for the upcoming kharif season. These centers are equipped with laptops, printers, and Internet connection and will be used by DoA extension staff to provide recommendations to the farmers. The DoA workers, crop advisors, and service providers were trained to use RCM in interviewing farmers before the start of a rice cropping season in some districts. The responses given by the farmers are utilized in making tailor-made nutrient and crop management advisories. Around 3,000 farmers have received the recommendations for their rabi rice crops. DoA and IRRI aim to reach around 50,000 farmers in time for kharif.
Launched in 2016, the project has five subprojects including Raising productivity and profitability of rice-based systems of Odisha through RCM that aims to provide millions of farmers with site-specific recommendations. The DoA and IRRI have also developed partnerships with leading non-government organizations (NGOs) in Odisha to intensify the project’s reach and also mobilize and motivate farmers to use such recommendations.
Source: irri.org (edited)