Getting Farmers Online-savvy
Farmville in Practice
iGrow is introducing startups to farmers, winning the company first prize in the 2014 Startup Arena competition. The company has established a farming school for fresh university graduates.
Like the online game Farmville, iGrow entices potential investors and their farmer partners. On the Facebook game, players are a given real-time agriculture simulation, from purchasing land, seed and fertilizer, cultivating plants and enjoying harvests.
In contrast with his usually modest demeanor, President Joko Widodo touted the success of his administration in building infrastructure projects. While officially launching the Mandalika Special Economic Zone for Tourism in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on October 20, he said that the project was able to go forward thanks to a breakthrough of his doing. "Mandalika has been incomplete for 29 years due to the matter of securing the needed land," said Jokowi.