The web based ePest Surveillance System has been developed and maintained by the National Plant Protection Center (NPPC) of the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan. The main purpose is to compile and share real-time information on pests of Agricultural crops in Bhutan. Only authorized persons are permitted to enter information, while others are free to browse and obtain information from the database that may be useful.
The ePest surveillance system uses an android tablet that has the combination of various cutting edge technologies (GPS/GPRS/GSM) for the real time geo-referenced data capture and transmission via internet. It is connected to a central server that will allow rapid data entry, collation and analysis, and makes the data reports available in real time to the participating Gewogs, Dzongkhags and Research Centers. Any desired combination of qualitative and quantitative outputs can be generated, that may be used to develop strategic pest management plans. As this system can gather and store information for any given time period, it will allow us to study the trend of pests occurrence with reference to contributing factors such as climate change and changing crop production system. The trend in pest occurrence under variable climatic conditions will enable us to develop pest Forecasting and Early Warning system.
Timely collection and availability of pests information will not only assure the necessary preparedness for providing prompt plant protection services, but also contribute significantly to the realization of the phyto-sanitary obligations under Regional and International Agreements like BIMSTEC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand Economic Cooperation); SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Agreement); and WTO (World Trade Organization).