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Use of IoT tech to attract millennial generation to agriculture as farmers age

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  03:01 pm
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Farmers harvest rice in Tegalgondo village, Malang, East Java. Experts say the modernization of Indonesia’s agricultural sector is needed to lure millennials to farms. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Indonesia’s agricultural sector is facing a decline in its workforce as many young people in rural areas prefer moving to cities to earn a living. According to experts, the modernization of the country’s agriculture should be promoted so more educated young people are willing to return to their villages to farm. The use of modern technology, such as the internet of things (IoT), can hopefully increase the interest of millennials, people born between 1981 and 1996, in agriculture as the farmer demographic in Indonesia has started to age. “With the use of technology in agriculture, we hope we can attract youngsters to work in the agricultural sector as it is very rare to find young farmers in the field nowadays,” the head of the Commission on Pesticide’s technical team, Dadang, said in a discussion with reporters in Jakarta on Dec 12. Agricultural ...