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Jakarta Post

Govt goes digital to boost farm productivity, welfare

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  03:14 am

Small farmers face long-standing problems, including difficulties in accessing credit, fertilizers, seeds and even markets for their goods. Most farmers still use poor farming management systems and conventional methods, which prevents them from producing optimal crops. To help farmers improve management and productivity, the government has introduced a digitalization and entrepreneurship program. Initiated by the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry, the program will be run in collaboration with several SOEs from various sectors, such as communications and technology, agriculture, banks and logistics, with each SOE having a different role. Digitalization plays a prominent role in the program, with state-owned telecommunications firm PT Telkom Indonesia serving as the provider of a digital agriculture logistics platform called Logtan.Logtan will help farmers manage all the stages in...