Co-captain Leontinus Alpha Edison, from Team AMIN joined a discussion with Anies and local farmers and breeders in Pangalengan, Bandung Regency, West Java, on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. #aminkanIndonesia
URING Anies Baswedan’s tenure as Governor, the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta, through its regional-owned enterprise PT Food Station Tjipinang Jaya, cooperated with other regions to ensure sufficient supply and balance of food availability.
Leontinus Alpha Edison, Co-captain of Team AMIN, participated in a meeting to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by agricultural entrepreneurs, particularly horticultural farmers and the South Bandung Breeders Cooperative (KPBS).
Pangalengan is known as a center for several agricultural commodities, including horticultural plants like tomatoes, shallots, chili, and cabbage. Despite having the second-largest agricultural land in Bandung Regency, farmers in Pangalengan face challenges such as a decreasing number of farmers, high agricultural costs, difficulty in accessing fertilizer subsidies, and fluctuating agricultural product prices.
KPBS, one of the largest dairy cooperatives in West Java, has more than 4,000 members with thousands of cows. However, they also face issues like foot-and-mouth disease and high breeding costs.
As a techpreneur and Tokopedia co-founder, Leon believes technology can unlock potential for farmers and breeders in developing their businesses. He proposed innovative technological solutions to improve efficiency and welfare in Pangalengan.
“By utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) for monitoring, we can use sensors on plants to detect environmental conditions like soil moisture, temperature, and humidity. Data from sensors are sent via the internet to a smart system that analyzes it, thus aiding farmers in optimizing decisions like automatic irrigation and tailored nutrient supply,” said Leon on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.
He also emphasized the importance of training for farmers and breeders to master technology.
“With intensive training, they can use various supportive applications, such as climate monitoring apps, precision farming, and adopting a data-driven mindset for increased productivity,” he added.
Leon highlighted trade management using technology. “The government can monitor food necessities distribution and match farmers and breeders with regions in need. This initiative aligns with Anies’s track record in Jakarta, working with farmers in Ngawi, East Java,” he said.
Under Governor Anies Baswedan, the Jakarta Provincial Government through PT Food Station Tjipinang Jaya, a regional-owned enterprise, cooperated with other regions to ensure a balanced food supply. “Known as the warehouse receipt system, farmers will have certainty regarding the price of their products. Moreover, by storing in the warehouse receipt system, they can also use it to secure financing loans from financial institutions,” concluded Leon. (kba)