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Improving information on rice pests and diseases in Bangladesh – Validated RNRRS Output

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This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R8447: Rice pest information management.

A computer programme to record and analyse information on pests and diseases will help agricultural departments in Bangladesh alert farmers quickly to threats. The new system speeds up the time it takes for data from districts to be analysed and the results fed back to the local offices. This means early warnings for farmers who can then take action. As it’s based on the old paper system, the new system is very user-friendly. Proven for rice pests and diseases in Bangladesh, the software could also be used for other crops, and even across borders. Indian authorities are already interested in using the software to monitor pests in the border area with Bangladesh.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.