Tuesday, July 21, 2015

IRRI conducts workshop on Filipino version of Rice Doctor app

Rice Doctor is an interactive mobile app that helps diagnose and manage rice pests, diseases, and other problems. The English version of the android app—developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and Lucid Team—is currently available for download at Google Play.

IRRI’s Training Center has been developing a Filipino version of the app to make it more accessible to more Filipino farmers, extension workers, researchers, and students. To prepare the translation of its contents into Filipino, the Training Center conducted the Rice Doctor Filipino Translation Validation Workshop.

The two-day workshop was attended by 15 extension workers and farmers from the provinces of Cavite, Laguna,  Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon along with researchers and content developers from PhilRice and IRRI. Development communication students from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos and agricultural technology students from Laguna State Polytechnic University also participated in the workshop. The participants proofread and polished the translated text, discussed improvements for the translation, and considered the app’s ease of use and comprehensibility in the field.

Rice Doctor Filipino Translation Validation Workshop was held on 15-16 July at IRRI headquarters.

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