Harnessing the SMART and Digital Agriculture Technologies for High Value Crops at the University of Southern Mindanao
SMART Irrigation System
The precision irrigation system attempts to aid farmers in its management decisions relative to hydrometeorological information available. When and where to irrigate and what amount is a crucial decision that farmers need to undertake to ensure productivity. Unlike annual crops, plantation crops are permanent in nature. Once stablished, farmers are left the mercy to the environment variable. Through this technology, farmers will have scientifically sound and informed decision.
Soil and Nutrient Management using Sensor Technology
Farmers and growers can easily aid the nutritional deficiency of the crops using soil sensors. The measurement of soil content will determine how much additional nutrient content is to be added to soil to increase crop fertility. This project is to harness and promote SMART technology- based- farming, which is efficient, productive, sustainable and profitable for selected high value crops in Southern Philippines.
Pests and Disease Management
An early warning system will be established as a component of integrated pest management strategy for high value crops through predicting the appropriate timing of pest management strategies application. With this way, an efficient prevention of insect pest infestation, farmers can minimize and reduce the use of pesticides.
The project aims to establish a GIS maps that will visualize the capability potentials, limitations and constraints of each production areas and capacitation of LGU’s towards enhanced productivity and sustainability of High Value Crops in Southern Philippines.
The project aims to harness and promote Smart Technology-based-farming for selected high value crops such as Banana, Cacao, Coffee, Lanzones, Rubber and Pummelo in Southern Philippines. It focuses on delivering early warning system and weather forecast particularly soil and water requirements as well as pest and disease management to improve yield of high value crops.