Startup develops app to teach Bruneians grow food

by Haadi Bakar
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By 2050, there will be 9 billion people living on earth, hence food security and sustainability will be a major concern.

That’s all the more reason why we should consider growing our own food at home. But in this modern technology-driven era, most humans today have forgotten how to farm. We’re used to getting our food from the supermarket.

A local startup at the iCentre hopes to address this by developing a mobile app to train urban farmers in Brunei.

Launched yesterday, Sprout (iQ) is an urban farming educational platform and workshop series that enables anyone to learn and start growing crops in their own backyard.

The app pairs with the startup’s agriculture business intelligence and data analytics platform AGROME IQ which provides farmers with information on farm management.

By 2050, there will be 9 billion people living on earth, hence food security and sustainability will be a major concern.

AGROME IQ founder Vanessa Teo (pictured) said that the app extends AGROME IQ services to the consumers, empowering people to grow their own farms at home in light of the impending global food crisis.

“This (platform) is aligned with our vision to provide farmers with the right information to help start their farming journey. We focus on modernising the process of traditional learning by integrating the platform and workshops so that growers can receive farm management gudielines on a daily basis while also sharing with the community their progress and produce,” said Teo.

Sprout (iQ) was officially launched at Progressif HQ in Gadong last night. Progresif is also providing funds to help the company run the Sprout (iQ) platform in three selected schools in Brunei.

AGROME IQ, which was first launched in 2016 as an iCentre incubatee with support from Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), was conceived by Teo after pursuing her PhD in Agriculture Modelling with IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), when she identified that most farmers do not have access to the right informaton to develop more profitable and sustainabile farm systems.

Among the solutions provided by AGROME IQ include farm digital blueprints and data analytical software, smart IoT and real-time monitoring, and farm diagnostics and technology implementation.

Teo said the startup aims to expand internationally. Recently it has opened an office at the Royal Agriculture University in Cirencester, UK. She is also currently in talks with a rice exporter in Vietnam.

“We are very excited to be launching our innovations and we hope to bring a positive change that begins in Brunei,” said Teo.

To start your journey as an urban farmer with Sprout iQ, visit http://agromeiq.com.

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