UNAIR NEWS – Four students of Faculty of Humanities (FIB) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) from Lingkar Prestasi Community have had the opportunity to attend an international conference in South Korea.
The four students were Fitra Riyanto, Aditya Putra Pratama, Moh. Fakhrul Ardiansyah, and Dian Agustin. They represented UNAIR in 11th Conference of the Indonesian Student Association in South Korea (CISAK).
In South Korea, the four students presented their idea on agricultural technology innovation that could be applied in Indonesia.
Fitra Riyanto, one of the delegates explained that the chose the topic due to existing anxiety during Community Service Program (KKN). It inspired Dian Agustin to make an innovation in agriculture.
“Agriculture in Jember is still far from modernization in the field of technology. Technology like tractors is still difficult to find and even used, “said Fitra.
Fitra also revealed that in Jember, distribution of agricultural products is still difficult to do. During harvest period, distribution is far from being feasible and it is a challenge for farmers.
The digitalization era makes everything easy. It motivated Fitra and friends to make agricultural innovation through digitalization. Pak Tani Digital app is one of the media used for agricultural development.
“We tried to promote the use of digital media to help farmers,” Fitra said. “Not only disseminating it, hopefully in the digitalization era, agriculture in Indonesia will not be displaced by modernity,” he added.
Fitra hoped that farmers can take advantage of technological modernization. Farmers’ crops can be sold not only in conventional markets, but can also reach online market.
By using online media, the profit obtained by farmers can be used directly, unlike conventional market which they often have to wait several months to enjoy the profits.
“Learning from South Korea, all agricultural products and fishermen have been full of technology from the beginning to post-harvest period. For Indonesia, hopefully agriculture can be advanced like in South Korea, “he concluded. (*)
Author: Aditya Novrian