September 17, 2019
New apps launched to support poultry and swine farmers
Yesterday saw the launch of two mobile apps: one, for poultry farmers in Southeast Asia; two, for swine farmers in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.
Pocket Guide for Poultry Diseases
At the World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress which started yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand, the University of Liverpool announced that its researchers have created a new app, the "Pocket Guide for Poultry Diseases", to help poultry farmers in Southeast Asia recognise and manage infectious diseases in their flocks.
The app contains tips on how to maintain a healthy population of chickens and information on flock management and disease detection. It has been developed as part of a wider research project to tackle poultry disease in Thailand and the Philippines, which is being led by Professor Paul Wigley at the Institute of Infection and Global Health.
Professor Wigley said, "Smartphone adoption across Southeast Asia has grown massively over the past few years. The Philippines already has nearly 50% smartphone use and they are the main source of internet access in rural areas. Our new app taps into this growing trend and provides anyone working with or studying poultry with a free, quick and easy way to improve their disease knowledge. Although it has been designed with the Philippines in mind, the app is relevant and accessible to other countries too."
An online PDF and printed version of the guide have also been produced (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333775250_Infectious_Disease_of_the_Chicken_a_guide?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news), which can be used by farmers and vets in the field.
The app was developed and designed by the mobile team within the University's Computing Services Department and supported by a UK Research and Innovation Global Impact Accelerator award and a BBSRC Newton Fund award.
The "Pocket Guide for Poultry Diseases" is available on Android and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.
Pig Master, an app that provides swine farmers information about swine breeding, management, animal ratio calculation, disease solutions and project report making, was launched by Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Vice-Chancellor Y. Hari Babu at the NTR College of Veterinary Sciences at Gannavaram yesterday, the Hindu reported.
Andhra Pradesh is number nine in terms of swine population in the country. Until recently swine farming was taken up mostly as a "traditional caste occupation" and by socio-economically weaker sections due to various religious taboos and beliefs, said K Bhargav Kumar, a MVSc scholar who developed the app.
The app developed for the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education is available to the public on Google Play.
With the help of the app, field veterinarians and middle-level extension professionals involved in providing services to the swine farmers could promote swine farming in other sections of the population, Kumar said.