Indonesian government launches food stocks monitor app

Source: en.tempo.co

In another digital initiative from the Indonesian Government, The National Economic and Industry Committee, which advises President Joko Widodo on economic policies, is developing a mobile app to collect data and information on food production and stock levels, reports The Jakarta Globe.

The app will collect food stocks data directly from farmers, distributors, storage centers and markets across Indonesia in order to provide the government with accurate and timely data. The app will be called “Logistik Tani”, which is translated to “Farmer’s Logistics” and is currently being developed with state-controlled Telkom, Indonesia’s largest telecommunication company.

This initiative will attempt to clean up conflicting data retrieved by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Statistics Agency. Prices of rice, corn and beef are often inaccurate and spiked, despite results suggesting that Indonesia should have a reasonable amount of food stocks. Inaccuracies in data often cause conflict within the government, as it affects their policies on importing goods. The app will provide more clarity to the confusion, and allow the government to track any sudden changes in the field.

Prices of rice, corn and beef are often inaccurate and spiked. The food stock app will attempt to clean up conflicting data retrieved by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Statistics Agency

Farmers will be able to download the mobile version of the app, allowing them to make real-time inputs on their crop and livestock situations. This is part of the government’s initiative to boost Indonesia’s manufacturing sector, as previously seen with the announcement of their e-catalogue site which provides real time prices of goods and supplier details. However, not a lot has been covered about whether farmers are equipped with mobile data to fully utilize this app. Digital Government initiatives are always encouraging, but it also must go hand in hand with full co-operation from its target groups.

A version of this appeared in Jakarta Globe on June 30. Read the full article here.

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