HARA in Action: Strengthening the Agriculture Sector of Tulang Bawang Barat

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Point highlights:

  • Local Government of Tulang Bawang Barat sees an opportunity to incorporate innovative technology to empower their public
  • The field officers of the government are enthusiastic to use HARA’s mobile app, moreover, some took the initiatives to do the land-tagging on their own land.

It’s a sunny June in Tulang Bawang Barat Regency at Lampung, Indonesia. From the last week of June until the first week of August, the team from HARA (our Smart Farming Platform) went to this region. There, the Regent (Bupati) of Tulang Bawang Barat, Umar Ahmad himself addressed his interest in implementing innovative technology, including HARA, as a way to advance this region.

HARA itself is a Smart Farming platform that can enhance agricultural productivity by enabling comprehensive data collection and providing a precise recommendation for optimal agricultural production based on that data. Field officers can easily use the mobile app to gather data, while the decision makers can gain a comprehensive understanding of the condition in the field from the value-added insights in our dashboard.

This is a perfect fit for Tulang Bawang Barat as a region that aims to improve their agricultural sector.

For a couple weeks, we facilitated the HARA Training and Deployment for the local government, field officer, and farmers. They are very keen in joining the 6 months’ trial program of HARA to collect agricultural data from 1000-hectares of land.

The field officers have been assigned by the government institution of agricultural counseling service (known as BP3K). These men gain their first-hand experience in exploring the features available on HARA Mobile App. The user experience on the mobile app is designed to be easily used for them, thus, they can use it right away to support their productivity at work in the field.

During our visit in Tulang Bawang Barat, they have also learned how to use HARA as a way to register every farmer in areas and automatically map the field using the app’s innovative land-tagging system. With this, they can have the precise information from every hectare of the field, including the number of crops based on the total of field, and which farmers are in charge of each field.

This smart farming solution is able to gather all information in real time, and ultimately enabling the field officers to get their work done faster and eliminate the time-consuming process of paper – based system.

Some key features from the platform include:

  1. Land-Tagging – to measure of the right dosage of farm inputs and verify the ownership legality of the field managed by each farmer.
  2. Farmers Registration – a digital form to collect personal information of the contracted farmers
  3. Pest and Disease Report – a quick reporting system for any cases on the type of pest and disease, enabling them to tackle the Pest//Disease incident in a timely manner before it gets worse.
  4. Farm Inputs Usage – to record all usage of farm inputs (fertilizer, chemicals, etc.), the date of usage, and dosage. It functions as a tool for monitoring and calculation of cost for farm inputs used in each area.

With the data gathered in this platform, the government can allocate the funding more effectively to appropriate programs that can help the agriculture sector grow in the region.

As we are excited to see our technology being used in the field, we hope HARA can give a positive impact on the environment, farmers welfare, and a better sustainability for food production in the country

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