Ministry Launches Mobile App For Crop & Consumer Safety

The Plant Protec­tion Division under Ministry of Agri­culture, Livestock and Irrigation has recently introduced a mobile ap­plication to promote the effective and safe usage of pesticides on agricultural products.

The application, “Plant Protection Mobile Appli­cation” (PP-Verion-1.0), is available on android phones will be upgraded as frequently as the app requires.

Since launching just two months ago, the mo­bile application has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.

The application allows users to cross reference any brand of pesticides to see if it has been reg­istered with the Ministry and is in fact safe to use.

“A lack of education on the safe usage of pesti­cides and language bar­riers on labels make cul­tivators susceptible to counterfeit brands, mis­using products, and in­correctly measuring por­tions. It is very important to educate farmers on consumer safety and bet­ter equip them to distin­guish between authentic and counterfeit chemi­cals,” chairman of Myan­mar Fertilizer, Seed and Pesticides Entrepreneurs Association, Daw Khin Myo Khaing, said.

Daw Khin Myo Kha­ing urged the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to create short, educational videos for pesticide usage to be broadcasted on the app or in local media.

The application fur­ther displays information about and links to web­sites for disease protec­tion, description of safe usage, 25 varieties of crops, 30 types of upland and lowland plants, types of rodents, diseases com­mon to agriculturists, 187 of known insects and the best methods for manag­ing pests.

The free mobile applica­tion can be downloaded through www.ppdmy­anmar.org and can copy from agriculture depart­ments across the nation.

Source: Myanmar Business Today