About 250 farmers of cacao and coffee are set to benefit from digitized agriculture value chain in cacao and coffee production in Zamboanga del Sur through a project by the Department of Science and Technology Region IX (DOST-IX).
This will be done through the Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry (SARAI) System which will aid farmers of over 150 hectares.
With the SARAI System, DOST IX, in partnership with the University of the Philippines – Los Baños, monitors farmlands easier and more efficiently.
The system can deliver accurate information on pest epidemics and crop disease outbreaks through remote sensing, as well as crop water and nutrient requirements through a multi-spectral drone.
It also uses Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) for assessing and monitoring crop growth, crop health, crop loss, and extent of crop damage due to typhoons and extreme weather events like el Niño and la Niña.
The P1 million-project is a more proactive, near real-time, and site-specific monitoring of cropping areas, said DOST-IX.