A team of five Cambodians have created a phone app that will help farmers spend less time working in the field.

The Smart Farm Assistance app will allow farmers to control their water system remotely, and check data on soil conditions and humidity.

The app is linked to a device/controls a device that is installed in a field, with sensors placed around the field to broadcast information about weather, check soil conditions and control water systems. The farmer will connect to the device through an app and the device will be able to send all the required information through SMS.

“If the users see that the soil is dry and that it is not going to rain soon, they just click a button and the watering system will work automatically. Or we can set a timetable to water the crops,” said David Eav, Smart Farm Assistance’s co-founder and a student at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia.

The team met at the Techno Innovation Challenge Cambodia 2019 and found a shared concern over agro-industry. One of the members, Nhor Sophea, who is both a student and a farmer, wanted to help farmers decrease their time in the fields, so that they can find other jobs or spend more time with their families.

To help with those in rural areas and little to no access to the power grid, the team is also developing a solar-powered system to operate the device.

Though their project is new and untested, farmers have been contacting the team in hopes of installing the device in their own fields.

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