Brawijaya Student Start-up makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

An agricultural start-up initiated by three students from Malang’s Brawijaya University whose app, Chickin, has been downloaded by a thousand farmers across Indonesia, has made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. According to the founders, the application uses Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the productivity of farmers by up to 25 percent.
The app was developed by agrotechnology student Ashab Alkahfi, who is serving as the President of Chickin, Tubagus Syailendra from international relations, who is serving as CEO/Chief Executive Officer, and Ahmad Syaifullah from information systems, serving as the CTO/Chief Technology Officer.

“Based on initial research, we developed the app in Klaten, Central Java. We built poultry coops as farmers and began our poultry business where we found a number of challenges faced by local farmers. From there, we tried to solve these challenges by means of technology,” Alkahfi explained.

The application allows farmers to control the micro-climate inside chicken coops from a distance. Through the technology, farmers can input data, including daily, sales, and production data, to enhance performance and make it more measurable and at the same time, minimize risks through preventive measures.

The app also offers a number of features for management of the poultry farm, including data and IoT configuration adaptable to climate, temperature and humidity, as well as recording the age of each poultry. Aside from partnering with 14 poultry farms, Chickin has established cooperation with 100 poultry suppliers in the food industry.

Alkahfi said he hopes the app will bring ease to farmers and have a positive impact on them, adding that the farming modernization technology was developed free of charge under Brawijaya University’s Entrepreneur Incubator.

Chickin has seen 22-fold growth in the last 10 months and closed a funding round of Rp35 billion with three global investors. The company is targeting to increase revenue to Rp500 billion by the end of 2022.

So far, Chickin Indonesia is not only assiting one thousand farmers across the nation, but the company is committed to developing the technology to minimize the use of antibiotics for organic chicken through coop micro-climate control and providing training to poultry farmers free of charge to modernize Indonesian poultry farms.

For more information, Chickin Indonesia is online at https://chickin.id/.
Written by: Aria Cindyara, Editor: Rahmad Nasution (c) ANTARA 2022






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Universitas Brawijaya developing digital halal certification system for Indonesian MSMEs

Universitas Brawijaya (UB/Unibraw) is developing a digital halal certification system for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Indonesia, as part of the Reverse Linkage Project. According to the head of the project team, Dr. Hagus Tarno, the system will archive documents from the processing stage through to certification. By archiving documents digitally, MSMEs will find it easier to see the results of evaluation for each step of the process.
“MSMEs that will apply for halal certification through Brawijaya University will be directed to a system that will assist them to check which documents must be prepared and filled out. Continue to the certification process, there will be another system that will make sure that the business owners know the step they are currently in — whether their documents are returned to them or they are going to the certification,” Dr Tarno said during a webinar last Sunday.

There has been a request from the Department of Cooperatives and SMEs, Malang Regency to assist 100 business owners who will apply for halal certification through Brawijaya University in the near future, he informed. “There has been an offer. We will try to apply it to the MSMEs that we will assist,” Tarno said.

The project for developing a halal digital system received US$2.06 million funding for two years (2021-23) from Serunai Malaysia and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), he said. Meanwhile, the University, IsDB and Serunai Malaysia signed a letter of intent (LOI) virtually during the webinar.

The LOI will be followed up with a tri-partite agreement before the project is carried out, Tarno said. If the system is already running in Brawijaya U, it can be applied in other universities, he added.

The university’s vice rector for planning and cooperation, Prof. Dr. Ir. Moch. Sasmito Djati, M.S., said that Brawijaya would contiue to support development of the halal certification project, which can be applied not only to food and beverages products but also to pharmacy and tourism MSMEs.

University Brawijaya is known as a pioneer in incubating critical aspects of the halal value chain since 1987, he added. At that time, the concept of halal certification originated with the efforts of Dr. Ir. Tri Susanto, a lecturer in Food Technology, Department of Agricultural Technology, Faculty of Agriculture at the University.

Since then, the scientific products developed at the university have become formal archetypes for the Muslim community in Indonesia, creating awareness on the importance of the halal concept and promoting the halal ecosystem, said Prof Sasmito..

Considering Brawijaya’s long history in developing the halal concept and ecosystem, it is perfect to become a beneficiary of the Reverse Linkage Project, for utilizing digital technology to help improve the role of MSMEs in the Indonesian economy, the Prof added.

Reporters: Endang Sukarelawati, Yashinta; Editor: Fardah Assegaf. (c) ANTARA 2021.


Topic: Research and development

Brawijaya University develops IoT-based system for melon cultivation

Brawijaya University (UB) has developed an internet of things (IoT)-based system for melon cultivation, currently being implemented at the Agro Techno Park in Malang, East Java. Eka Maulana, a lecturer from the university’s Faculty of Engineering, said the “drip irrigation system” is based on the water content in the planting medium.

The melon garden at the Agro Techno Park in Malang, East Java. The garden was developed by a team from Brawijaya University using the modern IoT farming system. (ANTARA/HO-Brawijaya University)

“Logically when the soil is dry, the ‘drip irrigation system’ is active. How much water content is in the medium when the drip system is active, as well as data and information related to the mechanism, are sent via an IoT connection. In principle, water has been applied with additional nutrients,” Eka explained to visitors on Friday.

The drip irrigation system cannot only be used for irrigation, said Eka, but also for determining nutritional needs, lighting, temperature and humidity in the melon garden greenhouse, among others things.

“In the process, the ‘drip irrigation system’ works according to the nutritional needs of each plant. So it is not just how much it irrigates the plants, but according to the age of the plants. Control of this system is monitored in terms of time and data variables that have been recorded before,” Eka explained.

Suyadi, Manager of Agriculture and Development at the Agro Techno Park, said the process of providing nutrients to plants periodically through water flow to the media is based on the needs of the plants.

“In a day, it can be done 5 to 10 times, so with this technology, we do not need to manually provide nutrients. It can be left to do other work, because it will automatically turn on the ‘drip irrigation system’ and flow nutrients to the planting media according to the needs of the plant,” he noted.

Suyadi pointed out that the use of IoT has made work easier because the machine turns on automatically whenever the planting media needs nutrients. “So that there is no shortage of nutrients. Because if we are doing it manually, then we still use our instincts when plants need nutrients,” he said.

The application of the drip irrigation system, he said, has turned out to give maximum results to melon plants. “The fruit yields can be better and ideal because the availability of nutrients is stable. If the nutrition is not stable, then the development of melons is not optimal; the fruit can break or the sweetness level will be low,” he noted.

Melons that are cultivated using the ‘drip irrigation system’ are of premium quality, starting from the taste, netted skin that is neatly arranged, and the ideal weight compared to conventional melons, he said. “The market is exclusive, so the taste is definitely different from what is sold in the conventional market. In Jatikerto (Malang), there are several varieties of melon including rock, golden, and honey,” Suyadi added.

He explained that the technology-based agricultural cultivation process in Jatikerto is also being used as a laboratory for students majoring in electrical engineering. “If melon plants are cultivated using a hydroponic system, then what the student does is aeroponic cultivation of vegetables,” he said.

In addition to nutrients that are more easily absorbed, planting with the aeroponic method also leads to faster growth because it uses LED lighting that is more constant than sunlight, he explained. “We can use LED light to trigger the generative phase and the vegetative phase in plants, resulting in increased nutrition, faster growth, and obtaining the desired leaf texture and taste,” he said.

One of the team members who is also an electrical engineering student, Muhammad Romadhani Prabowo said that with the drip irrigation system, plants will be protected from pests or fungi. Vegetables will be safer to eat as they will not even need to be washed, he said. The quality of the harvest will also be more durable than in hydroponic plants, he added.

The concept of aeroponics is currently applied to hydroponic plants, such as lettuce, mustard greens, bok choy (type of Chinese cabbage), basil, and spinach, he said. “Currently, we are also exploring (the drip irrigation system to be implemented for) herbal plants for treatment or plants with high economic value, such as mint and lemon balm,” Prabowo said.

Meanwhile, the development of IoT-based melon cultivation has arisen from the management of horticultural agriculture in Indonesia, which is still mostly done conventionally and with minimal use of technology, he said. This has had an impact on the instability of crop productivity, he added.

Visit Brawijaya University at https://ub.ac.id/ and the Agro Techno Park at http://atp.ub.ac.id/.

By A. Malik Ibrahim, Yashinta Dif
Editor: Suharto
Copyright (c) Antara 2021


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Brawijaya University ranks in 301-400 band according to THE Impact Rankings

Brawijaya University in East Java ranked in the 301-400 band among the world’s top universities on the basis of the assessment of the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021.

This year, the assessment of THE Impact Rankings is based on the concern and contribution of universities in the success in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programs, according to Brawijaya University’s head of ranking center, Adharul Muttaqin.

THE measures how the academic aspects, publications, innovations, and activities of universities support the 17 goals in the SDGs.

In the 2021 edition, Muttaqin conveyed that Brawijaya University demonstrated its participation and success in aligning its efforts with all 17 existing goals. The university stood in the top 200 for four out of the 17 goals — “No Poverty” and “Zero Hunger” in addition to “Life Below Water” and “Life on Land”.

“In the criteria of ‘Life on Land’, Brawijaya University is able to demonstrate its supporting capacity to maintain land ecosystems, both in academic and non-academic activities. Brawijaya is very supportive, with the compost processing center and its responsibility to manage educational forests in Karangploso in East Java,” Muttaqin noted in Malang on Monday (April 26).

Meanwhile, in the “Zero Hunger” criteria, Brawijaya University has played an important role in the national food security program, as one of the campuses that has the best agriculture department in Indonesia.

“In this criterion, the campus is also required to have awareness of food consumption leftovers and must produce the lowest possible leftover food consumption, including activities aimed at preventing the threat of hunger. Brawijaya has implemented the food distribution program for its students, who could not return to their hometowns during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he expounded.

To determine the overall ranking, it is based on the compulsory category score, specifically the goal 17th Partnership for the goals and the three categories with the best score.

Brawijaya University ranked 52nd on the goal of “Life on Land”, ranked in the 201-300 band for goal “Decent Work and Economic Growth” in the world, and stood in the 101-200 ranking for the goal of “Zero Hunger”.

“Alhamdulillah, we are grateful to have entered all fields, so that it can bring Brawijaya to the international level. Ranking shows reputation. Reputation shows quality and public trust,” the university’s rector, Prof. Dr. Nuhfil Hanani, concluded.

Universitas Brawijaya (UB), or Brawijaya University, welcomes you to Malang, East Java, Indonesia at https://ub.ac.id/.


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