#Asia Indonesian online farmer’s market Sikumis plants new business direction

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The e-commerce platform for agribusiness aims to simplify distribution chain for agricultural commodity

2016-03-30

Bekasi-based agribusiness e-commerce platform Sikumis announced that they have pivoted their business direction.

Previously dabbling in B2B e-commerce platform offering industrial products and equipment for farming and fishery, the company now focusses on offering B2B and B2C online marketplace for farming, fishery, and agriculture-based small businesses.

The startup cited the pivot as ‘the best decision’ to move forward.

It also launched the ‘#gerakanpetanimodern’ (#ModernFarmersMovement) campaign with the goal to cut off agricultural commodity distribution chain which is believed to be the most pressing issue in Indonesia’s agricultural sector.

“Hopefully the #gerakanpetanimodern campaign will help us achieve one of our goals to cut off food distribution chain on a national level, and to improve the livelihood of Indonesian farmers and fishermen. It will eventually leads to more young Indonesians working in farming, fishery, and agribusiness; allow us to achieve food sovereignty; and to win competition in ASEAN Economic Community,” according to a statement by Sikumis as quoted by DailySocial.

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Products in Sikumis’ platform are being divided into seven categories: Farming, Forestry & Plantation, Livestock, Fishery & Marine, Ecology & Parks, Books, Softwares & Training, Agricultural Instruments & Infrastructure.

In the future, Sikumis plans to expand its features by adding online kiosks, online commodity auction, price barometer, and a mobile app that connects customers to farmers, fishermen, and small business owners in their area, among the few.

It also plans to allow customers to announce ‘vacancy’ for farmers or fishermen to become a supplier for their business (hotels, restaurants, etc.).

The startup is a part of holding group PT. Sabas Sinergi Indonesia.

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