The Application of Digital Technology to Increase Agricultural Production in Indonesia
The 1st International Conference on Science , Technology, and Engineering for Sustainable Development (ICoSTES, September 9-11, 2018), Unisma, Malang, Indonesia
7 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2019
Date Written: September 11, 2018
The agricultural sector has been going on so long, but many Indonesian farmers still do the same traditional way that people did a century ago. That’s the reason, the increase in agricultural production develops quite slowly. It is not surprising then that Indonesia did not achieve food self-sufficiency, because changes in the way of farming were largely unchanged following the times. It means Indonesia has not reached sustainability yet.
Therefore, it can certainly be understood if food import has been continuing until now. We still import rice as our staple food, also many other foods, like sugar, onion, flour, etc. If there is a change in the engineering of seeds, fertilizers, and prevention of pests, the increase in production cannot meet the needs of the population. In other words: the condition of agriculture has not yet reached a self-sufficiency level and because the rate of population growth continues to move up, while the increase in production has not been able to catch up, there is an effort to fulfill food needs through imports, unless there is a radical transformation of the existing agricultural system. Now it is the time for the Government to think about and consider technological progress to support the progress of Indonesian agriculture. The digital technology which can be utilized to increase agricultural production should be considered by the Government to be implemented soon. The decision is in Government’s hand.
Keywords: Digital Technology, Self Sufficiency, Crops, Indonesian Agriculture
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