When crop pests and diseases occur, farmers want immediate help and advice. They don't want to wait and in many cases they cannot wait. Unless they act quickly, the crop could be completely ruined.
This app gives extension staff and lead farmers all the information they need to treat the crop instantly. If there is no way of saving a crop, the steps should help to prevent the problem occurring in the future.
After choosing the crop of interest, a series of simple questions are asked narrowing down the choices until a match is possible by comparing thumbnail images. Each fact sheet is divided into sections on damage, biology and life cycle, and management.
So far there are 236 fact sheets, but this number will increase. There will also be shorter, less technical, fact sheets for farmers less familiar with English.
We would like to thank ACIAR, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research for providing support in the development of the app under a sub-regional (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga) IPM project (HORT/2010/090). We thank Identic Pty Ltd., (http://www.lucidcentral.org) for its development of the mobile app.