As a Follow-Up to SAMS Program, Unpad Holds User Centered Design Workshop

[, 5/7/2019] Smart Apiculture Management Services (SAMS) Indonesia team held the second User Centered Design (UCD) workshop at the Unpad Faculty of Law library auditorium, Dipati Ukur Street No. 35 Bandung, Monday (1/7) to Sunday (7/7).

A photo of the second User Centered Design workshop participants at the Unpad Faculty of Law library auditorium located in Dipati Ukur street No. 35, Monday (1/7).

Unpad has officially become the SAMS project consortium member since 2017. In this project funded by the European Union in the Horizon 2020 program, Unpad is appointed as the host of the consortium.

The UCD workshop is attended by all consortium members: Germany International Partnership Foundation (GIZ), Agrartechnik Witzenhausen Universität Kassel (Jerman), Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (Latvia), University of Graz (Austria), Labtek Indie/Primary Indonesia, Iceaddis-Holetha (Ethiopia), and Unpad. Other than that, a number of stakeholders also attended such as Common Room, the West Java Regional Research and Development Institution (BP2D), West Java branch of the Indonesian Beekeeping Association (API), and Perhutani.

At the opening on the first day, the participants talked about the condition of bees in Indonesia, Europe, and Ethiopia.

Robert Brodschneider from University of Graz, Austria, told that honeybees are important for farmers from the products they produce, such as honey, pollen, wax, royal jelly, and bee pollen. Other than that, they are important for pollination of farm plants.

Explained by Robert, the factors that threaten the bees are various diseases, farming chemicals (especially pesticides containing neonicotinoid), food shortage, climate change, as well as the less-than-stellar bee colony management.

The advisory board of the Indonesian Beekeeping Association in the West Java region, H. Rosjid M.S said that there is at least eight important factors in developing honey bees in Indonesia. The eight factors are the type of bee to be kept, bee food availability, breeding location, tools used, honey production and its byproducts, HR quality (the bee farmers), a supportive market, as well as quaint capital investment. If one of the factors are set aside, the beekeeping development in Indonesia won’t be able to develop well.

To support this project, Apida Jabar is ready to contribute and link with the supplier of land for Apis Mellifera bee farms in Central and East Java, especially for the implementation of SAMS. The areas used are Pati, Candiroto, and Pasuruan.

Meanwhile, Yusrie Satrawan from Sukabumi region Perhutani said that the decline of bee colonies in West Java is caused by a change in use of land from forest area to industrial area or residence. Other than that, the intensive farming with pesticide is hard to control, ruining the habitat and ecosystem and directly causing a decline in bee colonies.

At the end of the workshop, the SAMS Indonesia team signed a letter of willingness to be a member of the advisory board. The parties involved as advisory board are the Apida Jabar represented by H. Rasjid MS, The Local Enablers represented by Rois Solihin STP., MT, as well as BP2D represented by Eka Jatnika Sundana, ST., M.Sc. In this opportunity, SITH ITB also stated their willingness to be a member of the advisory board even if they cannot send a representative.

Translated by Dinda Ayu Maharani

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