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Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

Smartphone apps ring changes in Myanmar countryside

Telecoms revolution transforms farmers' access to information and markets

Children of farmers attend a weekly morning class in basic computer skills. (Photo by Denis D. Gray)

HTANTABIN, Myanmar -- When disease or insect infestation struck his rice plants in years past, farmer Kyaw Shwe could only guess at causes and remedies. Recently, however, he simply clicked on an app on his smartphone and discovered that his crop was being ravaged by Scirpophaga incertulas, the yellow stem borer. He also found the specific pesticide he needed to kill it.

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