Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan appreciates collaboration between institutions in Jakarta Government such as Communication Informatics and Statistic Department (Diskominfotik), General Bureau, Health Department, and Bank DKI for initiating vertical cultivation in Balkot Farm. It shows how Jakarta Government optimizes limited land for cultivation using hydroponic system.
" It is not large, but hopefully it can give big impacts "
" Alhamdulillah, now we have Balkot Farm in City Hall . It is not large, but hopefully it can give big impacts. In reality, Jakarta only has small space for cultivation. But it doesn't mean we eliminate plantation and agricultural activities in Jakarta. I want to appreciates parties who took the initiative to change this area into farm," Anies conveyed as quoted from Jakarta PPID press conference, Friday (8/2).
In this chance, he reminds Jakartans to optimize open spaces for vertical cultivation. It does not only makes the area look greener, but people can use it to plant vegetables for daily consumption or medicinal herbs for medical purpose.
Balkot Farm is planned to be a pilot project for technology-based urban farming. It is equipped with plant information board that contains of special QR Code. People can access information about plant information such as its name, health benefit, and others by scanning its QR code that will connect users to balkotfarm.jakarta.go.id website.
"QR Code technology is important in here to solve millennial's problems that are mostly don't understand about plant and cultivation. Thus urban farming such as Balkot Farm exists to introduce children about plants and helps them to get closer with nature. So, in the future, millennial can be more prepared to maintain sustainability of our environment," he stated.