IITA-Rwanda releases a digital application in the fight against bacterial wilt disease in bananas
IITA-Rwanda, together with partners, has launched a digital Application which will serve more than 5,000 farmers across the country to diagnose, control and prevent Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) in banana plantations. BXW Application (also BXW-App; Pronounced “Box-Up”) provides a stepwise digital approach that empowers farmers to diagnose BXW in their fields and take immediate control action, as part of an early warning system to combat the disease and prevent its spread to neighboring plants/farmland.
BXW-App is now available on google play store, and any compatible android smartphone user can access, download, and use it to systematically diagnose BXW in banana farm, and do much more! The BXW App is being tested in 8 districts of Rwanda, including Gatsibo, Kayonza, Muhanga, Gisagara, Rulindo, Burera, Karongi and Rubavu with 69 Rwandan Farmer Promoters. However, any interest user across the Country can now access and use the application, which is configured to optimize user-experience in the national Kinyarwanda language.
“We think you cannot control what you cannot monitor. So we are convinced the first step in controlling BXW is to develop a functioning and automated system that enables real-time reporting and monitoring of the disease incidences, and empowers observers (farmers or any citizen) on the field to deploy relevant control measures,” says Dr. Julius Adewopo, who is leading the project – “Citizen science and ICT for advancing the prevention and control of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (ICT4BXW)” at IITA-Rwanda.
Source:International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)