| Danial Norjidi |
BRUNEI-based agritech start-up Agrome IQ was officially endorsed by the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) on a project entitled ‘Digitisation of Small-Holder Farmers’ recently.
Agrome IQ’s project was endorsed by representatives of each country during the ICT CEO Forum and the Livelihood Exchange (LiveX) Conference and Exhibition in Palawan, the Philippines on June 25, according to a press release.
It was shared that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to cooperate on supporting, promoting, and recognising Agrome IQ’s smart farming platform for farmers and agro-based micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in BIMP-EAGA areas.
These areas, according to Agrome IQ Founder and CEO Dr Vanessa Teo, include Mindanao, Palawan, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua, Sabah, Sarawak, Davao, Labuan and Brunei.
“We are very delighted to be endorsed as a platform to support in the digitisation of smallholder farmers within the BIMP-EAGA network with emphasis on increasing farm product quality and market access opportunities,” she said.
“We believe that our solution will help solve on the ground problems of small holder farmers. Working with local stakeholders within the BIMP-EAGA countries will help us to work more effectively so that our platform can support in building a more food secure world and help feed future generations.”
On the significance of the MoU, Dr Teo said, “Agrome IQ is at a point where it would like to support a wider community of small holder farmers within the region. The signing and endorsement of the MoU will enable us to work with local stakeholders and partners so that we can work more effectively to support in building a more food secure world and increase the food quality and market access opportunities.”
Founded in 2017 with the vision of empowering farmers and building communities, Agrome IQ offers a platform that supports the digitisation of farm management processes to increase farm quality and productivity to enable farmers to access new markets.
BIMP-EAGA is a sub-regional economic co-operation initiative in Southeast Asia launched in 1994 and represents a population of over 50 million people.