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Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:37
BIOTROP Conducts Geospatial Training Course for Its SMARTS-BE Partner Schools - 195 time(s) visited
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A total of thirty teachers of Indonesian Vocational Schools (SMK) joining the Agriculture Vocational School Vegetable and Fruit Tree Orchard Establishment (Sekolah Mandiri Produksi Tanaman Sayuran dan Buah Edukasi / SMARTS-BE) program participated in a training course on optimizing spatial technology for fruit plants monitoring organised by SEAMEO BIOTROP on 14-18 October 2019 at the Centre’s Headquarter in Bogor. This activity aimed to establish the geolocation-based monitoring system for partner schools which spread throughout Indonesia, to implement precision agriculture, and to integrate the pattern of non-seasonal fruit development with an independent learning system that is oriented to the potential of the region and local fruit resources.

In his remarks, Dr Supriyanto as the Coordinator of the SMARTS-BE program stated that SEAMEO BOTROP has been assigned to implement the program by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of the Republic of Indonesia since 2018. The SMARTS-BE program, initiated by Didik Suhardi, PhD, the Secretary-General of MoEC, aims to revitalise SMK by developing students’ entrepreneurship skills to reduce the unemployment rate in Indonesia. This program is also inseparable from the Presidential Instruction No.9/2016 concerning Revitalization of SMK in the Context of Improving the Quality and Competitiveness of Indonesian Human Resources.

“We are optimistic that in the future, the success of developing SMK will become a symbol of Indonesia's progress. Within these two years, a total of 36 SMKs in Indonesia has participated in the SMARTS-BE program and produced various technologies, knowledge and products. These results are ready to be published by the Centre as its Special Publication and disseminated to SMKs in the Southeast Asian region,” said Dr Supriyanto.

In his opening remarks, Acting Deputy Director for Programme, Dr Aslan, said that to support the SMARTS-BE program, a continuous and integrated monitoring, reporting and evaluation system is needed to obtain data and information regularly based on program indicators and objectives. In addition, the system can also be used to find out whether the ongoing activities are following agreed plans and procedures. “We combine the technology, geospatial in this case, and the agriculture practice to have the best monitoring system which is in line with the precision agriculture program and to answer the challenges of the agricultural 4.0 era,” he said.

This 5-day training course featured five experts, namely Dr Supriyanto, Dr Aslan, Harry Imantho, M.Sc, and Slamet Widodo Sugiarto, S.Si, from BIOTROP, and Benni Purwonegoro, S.Kom, from MSc in IT for NRM program of IPB University. Eight topics divided into practicum and classroom sessions were delivered to participants: 1) The Concept of SMARTS BE and Spatial Application-Based Monitoring, 2) Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) & Remote Sensing (RS), 3) GIS Application to Support Precision Agriculture, 4) Geodatabase Concept and Preparation for Fruit Plantation Data Management, 5) Data Acquisition and Survey with GPS (handheld and mobile), 6) Geotagging Application for Fruit Crop Inventory, 7) Introduction to Drone Application for Data Acquisition and Fruit Garden Management, and 8) Drone Data Processing for Rapid Accounting of Fruit Plants.

"In the future, we hope that a geodatabase, including the plantations and plants, of the schools participating in the SMARTS-BE program, can be well integrated," said Slamet Widodo Sugiarto, S.Si, as the coordinator of the training activity.