The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in partnership with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund and Hasanuddin University (UNHAS) is currently conducting training on digital knowledge and tools for precision agriculture for select academic staff of UNHAS, different agricultural universities across Indonesia, and researchers and extension workers from national agencies, from 31 July to 3 August 2023 in Makassar, Indonesia.
The four-day training is being participated by 41 faculty, administrators, lecturers, researchers, and extension workers from UNHAS, West Sulawesi University, Universitas Muslim Indonesia, Christian University of Indonesia Toraja, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sinjai, Andi Djemma University, Bosowa University, and Pangkep State Polytechnic of Agriculture. It aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of the participants on digital knowledge and tools for precision farming as it relates to the rice value chain and its advantages and potential in maximizing benefits for researchers, rice farmers, producers, and consumers.
In his welcome message, Prof. Dr. Ir. Salengke, M.Sc., the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Hasanuddin University, underlined the significance of this training for the university’s faculty members. He revealed that the university will be introducing two cutting-edge courses on data science and smart farming to their curriculum this year. Moreover, the content covered in the two new courses essentially aligns with what will be taught in the training, making participation in the training all the more significant to their faculty members. Prof. Salengke expressed confidence that the newfound knowledge and insights gained from the training would play a critical role in successfully implementing the innovative curriculum.
For the duration of the training, participants will be immersed and acquainted with different technologies and platforms such as WeRise, ORYZA, Layanan Konsultasi Padi (LKP), RiceDoctor, and Rice Knowledge Bank. By familiarizing themselves with these tools, the attendees are expected to harness their potential for sustainable and efficient farming practices.
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