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Agriculture firms employ tech to strengthen business

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Field work: Farmers use tractors to plow rice fields in Belanti village in the Central Kalimantan regency of Pujang Pisau, which the government has designed as a food estate, on Sept. 4. Agriculture is one of few sectors that has grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Antara/Makna Zaezar)

Agriculture companies PT Petrokimia Gresik, PT Astra Agro Lestari and PT Rukan are ramping up their use of technology to streamline business and overcome challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fertilizer company PT Petrokimia Gresik is planning to introduce machine learning and big data into its operations by integrating data that includes customer reviews, market surveys, institutional data, harvest data and data from in-house apps on production and the market. Petrokimia Gresik president director Dwi Annurogo said Tuesday the company was planning to develop soil and weather sensors and utilize data based on satellite imagery. “Petrokimia Gresik’s big data is still standalone and has not been fully integrated,” Dwi said in virtual discussion. “We have a plan that we will integrate this big data and combine it with machine learning so ...