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Yogyakarta University launches vertical farm for R&D purposes

UGM is dedicated to enhancing food security and achieving sustainable development goals. A concrete step in this direction is the introduction of the Smart Agri Plant Factory, a vertical farm.

Led by the Department of Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, the Smart Agri Plant Factory marks a new era in modern, intelligent, and sustainable agriculture.

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Dr. Andri Prima Nugroho, the research coordinator, highlighted they will research optimizing environmental conditions for different crops, understanding plant behavior, and employing advanced observation technologies for non-destructive monitoring.

Professor Lilik Sutiarso emphasized that this initiative signifies a paradigm shift in food production, offering intelligent and sustainable solutions. Dean Eni Harmayani acknowledged the collaborative effort behind the Smart Agri Plant Factory, which involved students, lecturers, researchers, and industry partners.

UGM Director of Research, Professor Mirwan Ushada, expressed optimism about the role of the facility in advancing flagship research areas, particularly in food self-sufficiency and environmental adaptation.

During the launch event, various agricultural innovations were showcased, including agricultural drones, robotic arms, and autonomous tractor technology, demonstrating UGM's commitment to modernizing agriculture sustainably.

Overall, UGM aims to lead the transformation of agriculture into a more innovative, efficient, and sustainable endeavor through initiatives like the Smart Agri Plant Factory.

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