RCM Health Care one of the component tools of the RCM Advisory Service for rice-based farming. It diagnoses through an interview of a farmer the crop health problems during the season and then providing solutions sent to farmers via SMS. It also provides recommendation to better manage the next rice crop.
RCM Health Care is designed for on-line use by extension workers, technicians, crop advisers, and providers of services who interview a farmer using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. The interview is conducted anytime from crop establishment until before harvesting the rice crop. Collected information is then transmitted via the Internet to the RCM Health Care ‘model’, which determines and transmits a crop health management guideline within moments back to the computer, smartphone, or tablet. Each guideline provides an actionable and unique recommendation for the crop, which matches the location-specific crop health problem diagnosis. The guideline is provided to the farmer as series of SMS during the season to the mobile phone of the farmer.
The concept and framework for RCM Health Care was developed by IRRI to complement the recommendation from Rice Crop Manager before crop establishment. The following projects and organizations contributed to the formulation and field testing of RCM Health Care:
The development, testing, and refinement of RCM Health Care were made possible through support from the
RCM Health Care diagnoses field problems and provides recommendation for the current rice crop via SMS sent to farmer’s mobile phone number. The use of this software is subject to the following terms and conditions:
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) does not endorse or promote specific agricultural inputs and fertilizers, and it does not guarantee the accuracy of chemical contents and an analysis labeled on commercial agricultural pesticides and fertilizers. The software assumes that the active ingredient labeled on a container of pesticides and the nutrient analysis labeled on a bag of fertilizer accurately reflects the content of the products. Many factors beyond the scope of RCM Health Care - such as climate and water availability - affect rice yield. IRRI does not guarantee a targeted rice yield will be attained with the provided crop management guidelines. The content of the software is subject to change without notice.
Under no circumstances and under no legal theory, whether tort, contract, or otherwise, shall the Board of Directors of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) or any of its affiliates, officers, employees, or other representatives be liable to you or any other person for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character including, without limitation, damages for loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, or any and all other commercial damages or losses, specifically including damages to crops and soil resulting from the application of the software, or for any damages or liabilities even if IRRI shall have been informed of the possibility of such damages or liabilities, or for any claim by any other party. This limitation of liability shall apply to liability for death or personal injury except to the extent applicable law prohibits such limitation.
The questions used in RCM Health Care for interviewing farmers are available as a downloadable questionnaire, which can be printed.
The printed questionnaire can alternatively be used to interview farmers. The information collected with a questionnaire can then be entered into RCM Health Care to obtain a guideline for the interviewed farmer.
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