SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija, Feb. 14 — Knowing the right fertilizer application is now easier with the development of Nutrient Manager for Rice (NMRice), a decision tool currently being validated by farmers in the location-specific technology development (LSTD) project sites of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
Using either the internet or mobile phone, farmers and extension workers could learn the best fertilizer application that matches the needs of the rice crop in a specific field.
A project led by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in partnership with PhilRice and the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, NMRice could be accessed by clicking www.irri.org/nmrice or calling, free of charge, 2378 for Smart subscribers.
Ruben B. Miranda, PhilRice Deputy Executive Director for Development, said the NMRice software calculates the nutrient requirements based on farmers answers to the multiple choice questions on the status of their rice fields.
Miranda, however, stressed that recommendations are only suited in a cropping season.
Meanwhile, Eufrocino V. Laureles, IRRI assistant scientist, said the NMRice could help farmers achieve their target yield as information on the best time, amount, type of fertilizer needed are also computed with their expected yield.
However, he said the highest expected yield is limited to nine tons per hectare (t/ha).
The computer-based decision tool is a product of years of consolidated research on site-specific nutrient management among scientists from IRRI, PhilRice and University of the Philippines-Los Banos.
The information is available in Bicolano, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Tagalog and English.
Meanwhile, NMRice mobile, was developed with DA-Agricultural Training Institute, University of Southeastern Philippines and West Visayas State University. (PNA)