Rice pest identification app first piloted in An Giang hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: nongnghiep.vn)

An Giang (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Protection Department and the An Giang provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on January 11 piloted an app that helps identify rice pests and diseases on smart phones.

It is the first technology adopted in Vietnam to enhance the management of pests and use of plant protection substances on crops and rice in particular. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) and online interaction between experts and users.

After piloting first in An Giang to collect farmers’ feedback and improve the accuracy of AI, the app will be put into use nationwide, said deputy head of the Plant Protection Department Huynh Tan Dat.

Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Truong Kien Tho said the move is expected to help farmers actively join in digital transformation revolution in agriculture, thus bringing them a smart farming process at affordable costs and looking toward a transparent, responsible and sustainable agriculture./.