SpiceUp App: Technology-Based Smart Agriculture for Pepper Cultivation
ICCO has contributed to the launch of the SpiceUp App, a smartphone application for pepper farmers.
The SpiceUp App Launch was conducted virtually on 1st April 2021. The aim of the event was to introduce the SpiceUp App to the public, and to promote its support from various stakeholders. The event was opened by a welcoming speech from the CEO of Verstegen Spices and Sauces B.V., Michel Driessen, who introduced the SpiceUp App, followed by Lenneke Braam, Asia Cluster Director from ICCO, who introduced the SpiceUp project in Indonesia. Also representatives from embassies and the national government gave opening speeches. They all highlighted the importance of utilizing technological innovations to support sustainable farming practices in Indonesia and to strengthen the collaboration between stakeholders to support the SpiceUp App to further promote Indonesian spices globally.
The launch of the App was also emphasized in the wake of EU-Indonesia relations in sustainable agricultural practices and environmental protection. Dr. Agus Fathoni from the Research and Development of The Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs, and Dr. Ir. Fadjry Djufry, M.Si from the Research and Development of The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, also highlighted the importance of SpiceUp’s technology in improving farmers’ welfare and promoting technological innovation in all layers of society.
A video presentation showed the workings of the App and testimonies from farmers who have benefitted in using the services, which provides comprehensive information regarding pepper price, GAP, and pest and disease control.
The event included interactive discussion sessions with local governments, academicians, CSOs, and the private sector. Ir. Fahrizal Darminto, M.A, Lampung Province Secretary, stated: “The launch of the SpiceUp App is aligned with Lampung’s vision to digitalize the agriculture sector, so farmers can gain the benefits through innovation, gain more knowledge and market access to increase their welfare“.
Mr. Naloanro from the Sustainable Spices Initiative-Indonesia and Dr Wahida Maghraby, researcher at the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, stated: “The SpiceUp App greatly supports farmers and agricultural research in terms of promoting GAP, traceability, price transparency, and market accessibility. Indonesia can be more prepared in facing requirements demanded by the country’s pepper export destinations, as the App provides an efficient method that shows the transparency of farming practices, production, and distribution“.
The event ended with a final statement from the private sector. Mr. Thomas Mulder from CATZ emphasized the benefits of geodata for businesses. “As businesses are unable to work with farmers directly, SpiceUp’s ability to zoom in on the farmer level is tremendously significant. One of the main advantages of the App is its capacity to become a tool that can predict how products will develop by showing historical weather data, crop sizes, and weather forecasting“.
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