°AHoRa: Application for family farming of musaceae
Musaceae production systems, plantain and banana, are grown in all tropical regions of the world and have socioeconomic importance in all producing countries. This project provides a sustainable improvement alternative, based on local climatic information, for family production of Musaceae crops in Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic. The objective was to develop a free access App, which captures and analyzes climate data from the producing areas of the three countries, to reduce the vulnerability of small producers to climatic events and supports decision making for efficient and resilient agronomic management, increasing productivity and reducing losses caused by delays in growth, flowering and harvesting of the fruit. The °AHoRa web/mobile application responds to opportunities and challenges in each country, improving the adoption of new technologies by small producers and strengthening their capacities.
The technological solution
A free web-mobile application that converts local climate data into projections of growth, development, yield, fertilization and irrigation of Musaceae crops. The results of this AgTech solution contribute to competitiveness through informed decision making for timely agronomic practices.
Through the development of the °AHoRa project, the following results were obtained, among others: i) a baseline of the characteristics of producers and technicians, and crop monitoring methods in the project's areas of influence (based on a structured survey), which identified the need of both producers and technical assistants for technological tools to support decision making on crop agronomic practices. ii) A scientific surveillance study on the use of similar Apps, which showed that to date there is no free App for use by family growers of Musaceae that includes the five modules offered by the °AHoRa application. iii) Mathematical models were generated that convert local meteorological and abiotic data into projections of: potential leaf emission rate, optimum harvest date, bunch weight and crop yield as a function of the accumulation of degree days, amount of nutrients required by the plant to meet its nutritional requirements as a function of nutrient extraction per harvested ton of fruit and volume of water required by the plant as a function of the water balance, which takes into account crop evapotranspiration, precipitation and initial soil moisture content. iv) Validation of the mathematical models on banana farms in different producing regions of the partner countries. v) Development of the mobile web version of the "°AHoRa" application. vi) A business plan to ensure the sustainability of the application and reach a larger number of end users. vii) technical capacity building through virtual and on-site workshops and technology update days. (viii) Linking of the App to 1189 people, including producers and technical assistants in banana and plantain producing regions of Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic. (ix) Videos on efficient management of fertilization, irrigation, crop management and others, published on digital platforms such as YouTube and corporate web pages, which have reached 5434 views.
.The main beneficiaries of the project are producers, associations, technicians and researchers in the project's areas of influence: the departments of Magdalena and La Guajira in Colombia, the provinces of Valverde and Montecristi in the Dominican Republic, and the department of Piura in Peru. Thus, the °AHoRa App benefits about 10745 producers, 81 banana associations, 311 field technicians and 42 researchers. The indirect beneficiaries are public and private institutions, the scientific and academic community, as well as suppliers of inputs and services, traders, exporters and final consumers of Musaceae.
Sustainable Development Goals
- Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA) - Colombia
- Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
- Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (INIA) - Perú
- Universidad de Piura (UDEP) - Perú
- Asociación de Bananos Ecológicos de la Línea Noroeste – Banelino (BANELINO) - República Dominicana
- Dirección Regional de Agricultura de Piura (DRAP) - Perú
- AGROSOFT S.A (AGROSOFT) - Perú
- Cooperativa Agraria APBOSMAM (APBOSMAM) - Perú
- Asociación de Productores de Banano Orgánico Valle del Chira (AVACH) - Perú
- Asociación de Bananeros del Magdalena y la Guajira (ASBAMA) - Colombia
- Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (UTESA) - República Dominicana