Taiwanese draftee develops app for Belizean farmers

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Original Article by Focus Taiwan News

Belmopan, Belize, Aug. 21 (CNA)

Photo credit; Costa Rican Star

An Android app designed to calculate the exact amount of fertilizer needed to be applied to crops has been invented by a Taiwanese national who is performing his alternative military service with a technical mission in Belize.

Lai Chun-fa, who graduated from the Department of Information Management at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, said Tuesday that the idea was inspired by Cheng Kun-mu, a technician with a Taiwanese agricultural technical mission who has been helping local farmers in the Central American nation for several years.

Photo credit; Focus Taiwan News

With Cheng’s help, Lai learned agricultural knowledge from step one and finally developed his app, the main purpose of which is to help technicians promote the concept of using fertilizer among local framers.

Use of the app can allows technicians to calculate the exact amount of fertilizer farmers need to apply to different crops, which could greatly reduce costs and time, he said.

Lai, who will complete his service within the coming month, said he would like to dedicate the app to Belize, one of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies.

He noted, however, that the app is currently not actually available from the Android store.

(By Huang Ming-his and Hanna Liu)

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