The Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, was impressed by the drone innovation of two young people from Solo and Yogyakarta. They are Anindita Pradana Suteja and Albertus Gian, graduates of the University of Manchester, England.
Those who are successful in studying abroad express their attitude of returning to Indonesia to apply their knowledge to society.
Forming a company called PT Beehive Drones, Anindita, Gian and one of his colleagues, Ishak Hilton, make drones that can help different lives. For example, the created drones can be used to help farmers carry out fertilization or spraying.
They are also developing drones for logistics transportation that have been tested to deliver vaccines in Sumenep, East Java. They have also made drones for regional monitoring, monitoring border areas, and as a source of data collection.
Ganjar, who was interested in the story of Anindita and Gian, was immediately excited. Although it was just a casual chat at first, Ganjar then invited the two of them for a podcast. For almost an hour, Ganjar chatted with Anindita and Gian regarding the technological developments.
“This is our promise, sir; we are a state-funded school. We are recipients of the LPDP scholarship. We have promised, after studying, we will return to Indonesia to practice knowledge here,” said Anindita.
Gian added, initially they met while studying in Manchester. The three of them have been together for a long time in pursuing this drone technology. In fact, they have won various international technology competitions.
“Then, after returning to Indonesia, we thought about how to develop this technology. We then made a choice to make drones to support agriculture and forestry. So in 2018, we then created this Beehive Drones company,” said Gian.
Beehive Drones then created drones that helped the agricultural sector. The first drone was used for fertilization and spraying projects. They rent drones for spraying and fertilizing farmers at a very cheap rate, Rp. 40,000 for one plot of rice fields.
“This is very efficient because, in a day, our drones can spray or fertilize 100 hectares of land. Besides being faster, this is also safe because farmers do not directly contact pesticides, which can, of course, can harm them,” explained Anindita.
Currently, his party has helped many farmers with the use of drone technology. Per three months alone, 300 hectares of agricultural land in Central Java have utilized drone technology.
Hearing that answer, Ganjar was then interested in getting the children to develop far more advanced technology. For example, Ganjar dreamed the drone could map agricultural data, such as how much land, predictions of harvest, who planted what, where and others.
“That’s been my dream for a long time. If it could be, it would be constructive. We know the right treatment because of the data,” said Ganjar.
It didn’t take long. Ganjar’s challenge was immediately answered by Gian. His party is currently conducting a drone manufacturing program specifically for data collection.
“That’s right, sir, we are working on it. If you want, we will present it next month. We have already tested it in several countries in Asia,” said Gian.
The answer clearly made Ganjar proud. He said he would fully support efforts to develop this agricultural technology to be applied in Central Java.
“Tomorrow, when it’s finished, call me directly. After this, I will connect you to the Department of Agriculture so that good cooperation can be carried out. I am happy to hear this,” said Ganjar.
Ganjar himself said he had seen videos of using drones to help farmers. According to him, the technology used is very sophisticated and very helpful.
“Remarkably, this is the work of our children. What makes me touched is that they actually kept their promise when they received the LPDP scholarship. Now they are going home to fulfil their promise,” he said.
According to Ganjar, these kids are fantastic. Their work is very encouraging for the progress of the nation, especially the agricultural sector.
“They have proven that they can. We only need one space for Beehive Drones to be able to execute their ideas and objectives. But, in addition, we must protect the work of this nation’s children. This is cool and very inspiring,” he concluded.