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Smartphones are revolutionizing Myanmar's farms

Apps can tell when to plant, harvest and sell with unprecedented efficiency

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 the problem was Scirpophaga incertulas, the yellow stem borer. He also found the specific pesticide he needed to kill it.

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