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Technology use in agriculture should involve farmers: Experts

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 26 2020   /  01:00 am
A farmer sprays pesticide at a farmland in Kersik Tuo, Kayu Aro, Kerinci, Jambi on May 31, 2020.(Antara/Wahdi Septiawan)

The implementation of technology in agriculture to boost production as well as to assist unbanked smallholder farmers in Indonesia should involve the grass roots, an expert has said. Applying technology in the sector should take into account the large share of smallholder farmers in Indonesia, their farming system and their institutional or group structures at the local levels, said Scott Waldron from the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences in Australia. “The technologies that are introduced into that landscape firstly have to be suited and adapted for smallholders so they will be appropriate in that environment,” Waldron said in a virtual discussion held by the Australia-Indonesia Centre on Wednesday. Indonesia is seeing a growing trend in the involvement of tech-based start-ups in the agriculture and fisheries sectors aiming to ...