Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives, RUSET 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

Research Article

Utilization of Digital ICT among Farmers in Brebes, Central Java

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.29-4-2022.173973,
        author={Ahmad Badari Burhan and Djuara P. Lubis and Rilus A. Kinseng and Andi M. Faisal Bakti},
        title={Utilization of Digital ICT among Farmers in Brebes, Central Java},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives, RUSET 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={RUSET},
        year={2022},
        month={4},
        keywords={Digital ICT Information sharing knowledge sharing capacity development development communication},
        doi={10.4108/eai.29-4-2022.173973}
    }
    
  • Ahmad Badari Burhan
    Djuara P. Lubis
    Rilus A. Kinseng
    Andi M. Faisal Bakti
    Year: 2022
    Utilization of Digital ICT among Farmers in Brebes, Central Java
    RUSET
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.29-4-2022.173973
Ahmad Badari Burhan1,*, Djuara P. Lubis2, Rilus A. Kinseng2, Andi M. Faisal Bakti3
  • 1: Pancasila University, Jagakarsa, Indonesia
  • 2: IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia
  • 3: UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Indonesia
*Contact email: ahmadbadariburhan@univpancasila.ac.id

Abstract

This research is intended to elaborate the various digital ICT utilization among farmers in Brebes Regency. Through descriptive quantitative along with in-depth interviews and participatory observation methods, 75 farmers in Brebes Regency participated in this research. Farmers take advantages from the salient features of digital ICT aplications through their smartphones. Among them, 37.33% have installed agricultural or farmer applications on their smartphones, 70.67% follow farmer communities on Facebook, and 77.33% engage in farmer communities on WhatsApp group (WAG). Farmers differ in accessing the menus/features and information services available in agricultural applications according to their specific needs and conditions. Likewise, they differ in the intensity to get, share, ask, answer questions or comment on Facebook and WAG. Finally, this study argues that active individuals in the effective use of digital ICT for knowledge sharing and capacity development play an important role in the successful transformation of knowledge-intensive agriculture.