Makassar – International Seminar on Smart Farming was hosted by the Center of Excellence (CoE) of the Faculty of Agriculture at Hasanuddin University in association with Taiwan ICDF. Online seminar’s main topic was how millennial farmers may employ technology in agriculture, Wednesday–Thursday, (10-11/8/2022).
Cross-country specialists from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, and Taiwan participated as presenters and covered a range of Smart Farming-related issues. ‘Development and Application of Artificial Intellegence (AI) in Smart Farming System’ by Prof. Dr. Ir. Hasil Sembiring, M.Sc and Prof. Dr. Usman Ahmad, M.Agr, ‘Application of Agricultural Meteorological Data’ by Prof. Hiroki OUE dan Muhammad Junaid, Ph.D, ‘Precision Farming’ by Dr. Ir. Desrial, M. Eng, IPU and Andang Suryana Soma, S.Hut., MP., Ph.D, also ‘Innovative Technology to Shorten the Link From Farm to Table’ by M. M. Iqbal Hossan. B.Sc, M.Sc dan Mrs. Chloe Lee.
The purpose of this seminar, according to Prof. Dr. Ir. Yunus Musa, M.Sc., CoE Coordinator of the Faculty of Agriculture, was to introduce technology tools for smart agriculture. Application of production support infrastructure and introduction of early-detectable production-inhibiting factors will allow production levels to be in line with current issues and raise the trend of agricultural development away from traditional agriculture and toward subsistence agriculture, modern industrial agriculture, and now the age of smart agriculture and digital.
The technique continues to make advantage of contemporary technology. “The use of climate data through the installations of automatic weather stations that we already equipped combined with farmer group training for every planting season will help seeds growers to maximize their production. This is the hope of the international seminar on smart agriculture or smart farming that we are holding today,” Prof Yunus said.
As the Chancellor’s envoy, Prof. Dr. eng. Adi Maulana ST., M.Phil (Vice Director of Partnership Innovation Entrepreneurship and Business of Hasanuddin University) stated that the seminar’s theme today is quite pertinent to contemporary global challenges. The agriculture sector is looking for more creative ways to enhance agricultural activity and provide higher agricultural yields due to climate change, population growth, and growing worries about food security.
“Smart farming is an agriculture management concept that uses modern technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural products,” he stated. Prof. Adi also considers that the smart farming program with the millennial generation and generation z as the target is expected to increase the productivity of agricultural products to increase food security and the nation’s economic recovery.
As part of the Taiwan ICDF in Indonesia, Mr. Kao Hsiang-Tai considers that we are currently facing various difficulties in agriculture. Sea level rise is having an impact on climate change and has occurred over the last few years thus impacting planted areas. “We want to ensure the safety of agricultural products and reduce the risk of agricultural production,” stated Mr. Kao Hsiang-Tai.
On the same day, Mr. Kao added that numerous outcomes from current programs including smart greenhouses and factory grow, and agricultural robots.