Rollie L. Osayan, a Batch 2011 BS Computer Science graduate of WMSU Malangas, designs the interactive National Color-coded Agriculture Guide Map (NACCAG) that will be used by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The NACCAG is an online map which shows the characteristics of crop lands, inland waters and marine zones across the nation as well as weather forecasts in regions, provinces and cities. It will analyze the country’s farming and fishing efficiency as well as land use. To get the data they need, the farmers will only have to input the name of the village, town or barangay and the website will show them what type of soil they have in their farms, what kind of crops are ideal, what soil nutrients their farms need and what are the risks and hazards that they must be prepared for. Additional information on water resource availability including the depth of the water table in all areas in the country will also be made available.
Fishermen will also be able to receive updates on the weather as well as possible risks and hazards when they go fishing. For investors, they only have to type the name of the crop they would like to invest in and NACCAG website will generate the list of areas where these crops can be grown sustainably.
Osayan, who is assigned with the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) of DAF, was commissioned by the officials of the Systems-Wide Climate Change Office (SWCCO) to program the website. The SWCCO handles the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA) and the Bureau of Soils and Management or BSWM.
The NACCAG is part of the AMIA project, an initiative by DA as a mitigation measure amid climate change. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)