A mobile phone application that enables farmers to control weeds through use of inputs has been launched by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, South-West,Nigeria.
Mr. Godwin Atser, IITA, Digital Extension and Rural Advisory Services Specialist, who gave the information in Ibadan said the app known as IITA Herbicides Calculator was developed by a team of researchers working for IITA under the IITA-Cassava Weed Management Project, now merged with IITA- African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI).
He said it would help resource-poor farmers to maximise the use of their inputs by allowing them to determine correctly the quantity of herbicide needed to add to a knapsack for a given spraying operation.
Atser added that the inauguration of the app by Lawrence Kent of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the 5th Annual Meeting of the IITA-Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) gave free access to farmers and other users to download the app from google play store and use on their farms.
According to him, although the app was developed in the context of weed control in cassava farming systems, its application covers other arable crops such as rice, maize and others.
Also, Dr. Alfred Dixon, Project Leader, IITA-CWMP, and Prof Friday Ekeleme, Principal Investigator IITA-CWMP, expressed confidence in the impact the IITA herbicide calculator would have in the cassava farming system.