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1 FAO-World Bank meeting Bangkok 15 May 2012 Location-specific nutrient and crop management in rice farming: mobile phone and web-based decision tools are bringing results of research to farmers Roland J. Buresh International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

2 Rice in Asia is typically produced in small landholdings Farming practices and risks vary among farmers and fields The best management for high profit and high yield differs among fields

3 PAU PDCSR GBPUAT TNAU More than 10 years of research lead to sitespecific nutrient management (SSNM) BRRI MAS SFRI HUAF HZAU HAU GAAS VAAS CLRRI CAU ASISOV CCAP YU WVSU ZU NAU PhilRice AFC Science is well documented ICATAD ICRR ICFORD ICALRD Partnerships after 10 years ( ) Tools are available for farmers Farmers need quick and easy access to information matching their specific field conditions and needs

4 Principles of SSNM were used to develop printed guidelines Aimed to reach many farmers fast Printed materials struggle to transform complex decision making into simple messages

5 Developed computer-based decision tools to provide rice with precision management practices Nutrient Manager for Rice provides rice farmers with best-bet nutrient management for their specific rice field Consistent with SSNM principles and current science Available as web and mobile phone applications Can update in real time Can monitor use Can link to other applications and services

6 Web How to access and use Nutrient Manager Smartphone GSM mobile phone Farmer calls dedicated number Interactive Voice Response implementation box Smartphone output Web output Available in Philippines and Indonesia Smartphone and mobile: Text output

7 Nutrient Manager aims to increase profit of a rice grower by USD 100 per hectare per season Yield gap Target yield gain with Nutrient Manager Yield attainable with optimal nutrient management Current yield of rice grower Target yield with Nutrient Manager

8 Approach with web and mobile phone applications: provide best-bet management practices to match a farmer s specific needs Interactive Apps --- providing management guidelines Nutrient Manager Rice Manager Rice Doctor Variety and Seed Selector 1. Invest wisely at start of season - Nutrient Manager - Rice Crop Manager Protect investment during season - Rice Crop Doctor

9 Connect farmers with relevant agricultural science and services Suite of compelling services and financial products Input providers Service providers Insurance Microfinance Marketing Interactive Apps --- providing management guidelines Nutrient Manager Rice Manager Rice Doctor Variety and Seed Selector 1. Invest wisely at start of season - Nutrient Manager - Rice Crop Manager Protect investment during season - Rice Crop Doctor Product development and testing Consolidation of knowledge Research Testing with farmers Validation

10 Example of Rice Crop Manager under development 1) Use tool before establishing crop 2) Provide personalized best management to overcome main constraints 3) Focus on increased income (profit) Name: Juan Dela Cruz Mobile number: Location: Bilar, Bohol, Region VII Variety: NSIC Rc 222 Direct seeded: days seed-to-seed Target yield: sacks at 50 kg/sack t/ha (14% MC) Actual field area = 1 ha AWD Growth stage DAS* Management practice Rice crops per year: Two Season: Dry Water: Irrigated, tube well 1-3 Apply pre-emergence herbicide 1-20 Maintain soil flooding, less than 3 cm water Early Apply 3 bags Practice AWD Hand weeding Active tillering Apply 1 bag urea Panicle initiation Apply 1.5 bag urea *DAS days after sowing

11 Effect of sowing date on potential yield of rice of two growth durations at two locations Tuguegarao, in the Cagayan Philippines Tuguegarao, Cagayan Target fresh yield (t/ha) Intermediate Short Direct seeded Target fresh yield (t/ha) Duration (days) Pototan, Iloilo Intermediate Short Pototan, I Direct see Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May Apr May Jun Jul JunAug Jul Sep AugOct SepNov OctDec Nov Dec Transplanted Average for 10 years Transplan

12 Use of seasonal climate information to improve guidelines on crop management Input: Information from farmer Web GSM mobile phone Smartphone Information on anticipated seasonal climate can be used to: Estimate attainable yields and set levels of inputs Select variety Adjust cropping Model on highend (cloud based) server Output Printed guidelines SMS Image on Smartphone

13 Key ingredients of approach 1. Provide information matching specific needs of an individual through user-friendly Web and mobile interfaces Directly acquire and provide information 2. Enable interfacing with complementary services 3. Enhance abilities of extension agents to get the right information to the right person at the right time Collaborate in testing, translations, interfacing, refining, and meeting needs of stakeholders

14 What about climate change? Temperatures will increase - More heat stress - Rising sea water levels More frequent and severe climate extremes - More floods - More droughts

15 Making rice climate-proof drought salinity submergence heat

16 Submergence tolerant varieties Swarna-Sub1 17 d submergence Re-transplanted local varieties October 1, 2010, Mymensingh district, Bangladesh

17 Drought tolerant varieties Six drought tolerant varieties released during Yield advantage of t/ha under moderate to severe drought, but with no penalty under non-stress conditions Sahbhagi dhan in India Tarharra 1 in Nepal Sahod Ulan 1 in Philippines

18 Genes for nutrient deficiency and problem soil IR74 IR74 Pup1+ IR74-Pup1 IR74-Pup1+ IRRI upland farm DS 2012 P fertilizer

19 C4 rice A C4 rice should increase rice yield, water and nitrogen use efficiency by 30-50%. No other evolutionary mechanism exists that could be added to a C3 rice so as to deliver that superior combination of benefits. C3 + Anatomy + Biochem + Fine = C4 Change Change Tuning years of research needed

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