JAKARTADAILY.ID – Technology might not be the first word one would associate with agriculture, but this is precisely what the UN Food and agriculture Organization is trying to change with the launch of a digital exhibition on PahlawanPangan.com.
With the help of IT companies, the online exhibition aims to bring Indonesian agriculture into the digital age, help farmers learn more about the industry, help them market their products, and introduce the agriculture industry to young audiences.
But first and foremost, the digital exhibition helps farmers, fishers, livestock herders, and the forestry community tell their stories of how they weathered through the pandemic.
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"During the difficult times of pandemic, we had no other choice than to modernize our system, especially in the food value chain. If you see the statistics, there is also a growth in communication services during a pandemic," said FAO Indonesia representative Rajendra Aryal.
"Mobile services, online marketing, e-commerce, big data, blockchain, GIS and geospatial platform and knowledge management system have been part of modern society, and now the farmers are using it for their day-to-day lives," Rajendra added
In the Virtual Exhibition, aside from virtual booths and cinema, the visitors can see models of poultry farms that have applied a 3Zones biosecurity scheme to prevent germs from contaminating the farms, and the food products.
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The exhibition also shows the miniature of the implementation of Beje pond fisheries, a traditional fisheries method from Central Kalimantan where the Dayak people dig small ponds in swamp and peat areas in the proximity of a large river. During the rainy season, the river overflows bringing the fish into the Beje ponds.
When the water recedes, most of the fish are trapped in the Beje and harvested by the community in the dry season. Sustainable fisheries practice like Beje plays a major role in the food system and ecosystem conservation.
"With more and more people having access to faster Internet in the country, digital agriculture is one of the main vehicles for transforming Indonesia's food system. Let us also remember the fact that Indonesia being a huge archipelago, has issues with geographical access in many places. Digitalization, therefore, remains the key for the agri-food transformation in Indonesia," concluded Rajendra.
The Virtual Exhibition will run on the website until the end of December 2022.
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