Appreciation SITEKBUN Application Launch
Bogor, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Harvick Hasnul Qolbi attended the launch of the Plantation Technology Information System (SITEKBUN) application at the Center for Plantation Research and Development of the Ministry of Agriculture (Puslitbangbun Kementan), Bogor City, West Java, Tuesday (19/10).
The application created by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Research and Development Center is planned to be available for download by Android users via the Playstore within the next week.
“Within the next week, it can be downloaded via the Playstore for Android,” said Harvick who was also accompanied by the head of the plantation research and development center, Syafarudin during his working visit.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Harvick Hasnul Qolbi attends the launch of the SITEKBUN (Plantation Technology Information System) Application created by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Research and Development Center in Bogor City, West Java, Tuesday (19/10).
On that occasion, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture also appreciated this information technology-based plantation innovation. According to him, in the current era of technological development, access to information and data is very important.
“This technological innovation has been extraordinary. This is very important. I hope this is more optimal, can introduce more to the public so that our ministry should not be judged as a ministry that is still based on ancient technology, not modern in accessing data,” said Harvick.
In addition, he added, the ease of access to information and data is one of the attractions for young people to enter the profession of farmers and planters. Given, he continued, these millennials are very familiar with the development of information technology.
Moreover, currently the number of farmers in Indonesia is still dominated by people aged 45 years and over or 72 percent. While 28 percent are under 45 years of age.
“This is a concern for us on how we can make this profession as a farmer more attractive to young people. Because young people nowadays have easy access to online data about agricultural professions, both off-farm and on-farm,” said this young Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) figure.
Harvick explained that the Ministry of Agriculture is currently pursuing more modern technological innovations. Not only that, he is also preparing vocational schools to support the regeneration of young farmers, as expected by President Joko Widodo.
“For that, I convey to the President, you don’t have to worry, Sir, God willing, hopefully (regeneration can be achieved), because the first one is about the scope of agriculture we are pursuing, technologies. We will also inaugurate our vocational schools soon,” he said.