IPB University Collaborated with Microsoft and the Ministry of Agriculture to Promote Acceleration of Agromaritime Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has become a necessity in the era of the industrial revolution 4.0, especially in the agro-maritime field. The future of agriculture is very depending on digital transformation, said the Chancellor of IPB University, Prof. Arif Satria, in the opening of the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) entitled "Accelerating Digital Transformation in the Agromaritime Sector", (2/12). This FGD was held by the Directorate of Scientific Publications and Strategic Information (DPIS) of IPB University.

Furthermore, Prof. Arif revealed that IPB University does not stop encouraging the acceleration of digital transformation through various innovations. In fact, IPB University has long introduced the concept of Agro-maritime 4.0 which utilizes artificial intelligence, robots, internet of things, drones, blockchain and big data analytics to produce superior, precise, efficient and sustainable products.

Present as the FGD trigger, the Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, Kasdi Subagyono, Director National Technology Officer - Microsoft Indonesia, Panji Wasmana and Professor of the Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University, Prof. Anas Dinurrohman Susila.

In his presentation, Kasdi explained that various agricultural digitization had been carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture. However, the obstacle so far is access to this technology by farmers. "For this reason, digital technology also requires knowledge transformation for business actors. One of the instruments can use technical guidance," explained the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Professor of the Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University, Prof. Anas Dinurrohman Susila, emphasized the importance of precision agriculture to assist decision-making in production activities. Say for cultivation purposes, the dose of fertilizer and water needs to be given as accurately as possible. "In addition, the precision data used is data that is directly correlated with existing real time conditions, such as local climate or weather. On the other hand, the least (used) digital applications and technologies are precision agriculture, which is only 13 percent if compared to other sectors. Even in precision agriculture the technology used is still limited to remote sensors, "explained the Horticulture Expert of IPB University.

Meanwhile, Director National Technology Officer - Microsoft Indonesia, Panji Wasmana stated that precision agriculture increases efficiency by 23 percent.

“One aspect that makes a major contribution to the development of digital agriculture is digital supply chain management. It can significantly improve agricultural logistics efficiency,” he explained.

Furthermore, he hopes that a digital agricultural alliance can be built to support food security and sustainable agriculture, one of which is through this FGD.

This FGD activity was the closing series of the four Strategic Talk series on digital transformation that had been held previously. The FGD was attended by various stakeholders from government agencies, universities, non-governmental and professional institutions, the private sector, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as well as the banking sector.

One of the outputs of this FGD is the production of a Policy Paper, as a knowledge product that encourages the Science Policy Interface. The goal is to provide policy recommendations for the government and relevant stakeholders to encourage the acceleration of digital transformation in the agro-maritime sector. (MIK/Zul)

Published Date : 05-Dec-2021

Resource Person : Prof Arif Satria, Prof Anas Dinurrohman Susila

Keyword : IPB University, DPIS, FGD