September 20, 2007
Solution to rice farmers' problems just a text away
Inquirer.net reports that rice farmers in the Philippines who have problems on their crops are now finding it easy to get assistance from scientists and experts of the Philippine Rice Research Institute.
"Using their own or borrowed cellular phones, they just text their queries or requests for information on rice production problems to the PhilRice's "Farmers' Text Center" here.
If the question was too technical, it was sent to scientists or experts of the agency.
Some farmers, through their cell phones' multimedia messaging service (MMS), would now send photographs of their rice plants afflicted with disease.
Through these photos, the experts can readily tell what kind of disease has hit the plants and give the proper procedure on how to control it.
Records of the center showed that it had received 5,327 text messages from January to July this year or an average of 761 text messages a month."
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