Speakers and participants of the FFTC-IPB videoconference pose for a group photo. There were 13 speakers from 6 countries who attended the online videoconference.
Technology advances in agricultural sensors and other ICTs in smart farming were the focus of the recently concluded videoconference on “Adaptation and Adoption of Agricultural Sensors, Information Communication Technologies and Smart Supply Chains to Support Smallholder Farmers.” Organized by FFTC and IPB University in Indonesia on September 22, 13 experts from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines shared their knowledge and perspectives on how technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, computer vision, big data, robotics, etc. could assist Asian farmers not only in increasing the productivity of their crops, but could also significantly reduce the costs of their production.
“In these uncertain times when the effects of climate change are no longer just threats but very real, when natural disasters and infectious plant and animal diseases are continuously emerging and destroying our planet in the midst of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, sharing knowledge and experiences on smart and resilient agriculture is indeed necessary,” says Dr. Su-San Chang, Director of FFTC during her welcome remarks.
Speakers in the videoconference are in unison in saying that to be able to keep pace with modern agriculture, small farmers and businesses need to take advantage of the rapid development of ICTs and participate in smart farming systems. The keynote speaker for the policy aspect from IPB University, spoke about the new research agenda focusing on Agro-Maritime 4.0 as a quick response to the challenges of climate change, population growth and sustainable development. A professor from Kyushu University in Japan demonstrated an affordable and effective phenotyping system (a scientific and systematic study of plant traits) with lower input IoT devices and open source software to enhance wider applications of this technology. Similarly, another Japanese scientist from JIRCAS, designed a AI image recognition system carried by a small Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) for weed detection and successfully tested it in the upland rice fields in Laos.
Information on the status of updates on ICTs and smart agriculture, successful cases of smart farming systems and supply chains covering crops, livestock and aquaculture can now be accessed and downloaded for free on the FFTC website. This includes support policies and public-private partnership on science and policy interface of smart agricultural technologies. Visit www.fftc.org.tw for more details.
FFTC Director Dr. Su-San Chang delivers the welcome remarks and expressed her appreciation to the men and women of IPB University for initiating and helping organize the online videoconference.
Professor Kudang B. Seminar of IPB University was the moderator for the Keynote session while Dr. Ernan Rustiadi Head, Research and Community Services (LPPM) delivered his presentation entitled “Implementing Agro-Maritime 4.0 Research Agenda: Linking Science and Policy.”