New apps keep farmers updated about prices, cultivation techniques

Last update 07:40 | 05/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Many apps have been developed for intelligent farming which aim to change the way farmers work.

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GMA, a green app developer, focuses on building up software solutions to solve the problem of information and communication between farmers and local authorities.

It has been used in 11 districts and towns of An Giang province.

The operation policy of the solution is simple: farmers will receive price quotations about different kinds of farm produce from the province thanks to the app. The quotes are from officers of the An Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, collaborators and users.

The operation policy of the solution is simple: farmers will receive price quotations about different kinds of farm produce from the province thanks to the app. The quotes are from officers of the An Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, collaborators and users.

After receiving the input data, the system will analyze the prices based on prestigious suppliers – those who submit the prices.

Farmers can also access the data system or communicate directly with professional officers. The system provides the data about 300 types of plants, livestock and 10,000 questions about related diseases and epidemics.

Nong Nghiep An Giang (An Giang Agriculture) – the app developed by GMA – now has 18,000 regular users a month, or one-third of total farmers in the area.

Tran Viet Quan, the founder of GMA, said: “The surveys conducted in many localities found that farmers decide what plants to grow and what livestock to raise just by feeling and this is just a game of chance. Therefore, providing information solutions via mobile phones is a reasonable solution.”

According to Nhip Cau Dau Tu, there are many startups which provide IoT (Internet of Things) solutions in agriculture, including MimosaTek and Hachi, but GMA is the only firm which provides solutions to the government.

What GMA is doing with An Giang is not new. This solution has been implemented in many countries such as Japan, USA, Israel and South Korea, where information technology is widely applied in agriculture.

According to Google, Vietnam has 45.8 million 3G users, while the number of smartphone users has exceeded feature phone users. Second, in developed agriculture, data digitalization will provide big benefits to involved parties.

Vietnam is among four countries in Asia Pacific to record the highest growth rate of smartphone users, according to a report on mobile advertising in Asia Pacific in the second quarter of 2015 released by Opera Mediaworks.

Quan emphasized that agriculture digitalization will only succeed if it is supported by state management agencies.

Commercial banks said they have reserved trillions of dong for programs to fund hi-tech agriculture projects after the Prime Minister instructed banks to design a VND100 trillion credit package for the agriculture sector.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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