Launch of the mobile phone application of NMRice (PHSL) at the Indonesian Center for Rice Research (ICRR).
Photo: © Suharna/ICRR


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With the Nutrient Manager for Rice (NMRice) phone application, Indonesian farmers can earn more money per hectare each season by following fertiliser advice from a new service they can now access with their mobile phones. The technology has been in use since January 2011 in the Philippines and is being tested in other countries.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in mid-July 2012 estimated that Indonesian farmers could earn an added net income of 100 US dollars (USD) or more per hectare per season. The mobile phone application Nutrient Manager for Rice (NMRice or PHSL as it is known locally) shows that besides the release of modern varieties, cultural practices such as nutrient management can produce a positive impact, especially for smallholder farmers in Indonesia.

Indonesia has had its own Internet-based version of NMRice in Bahasa since 2011, but most farmers have easier access to a mobile phone than they do to a computer with an Internet connection. PHSL Mobile builds on the NMRice Mobile application launched in 2011 in the Philippines, and was developed to enable Indonesian farmers to directly use their mobile phone without the need for an Internet connection. PHSL has recently been field tested in partnership with Assessment Institutes for Agricultural Technology (AIAT) with more than 300 rice farmers across nine provinces — Central Java, East Java, North Sumatra, Riau, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, West Kalimantan, West Java, and West Nusa Tenggara.

Farmers in all provinces increased their rice yields and their net income when switching from their current fertiliser practice to the practice recommended by PHSL.

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