Teen encourages planting and sustainable living through his app

Last update: 10/09/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 -- As more people move into high-rise buildings and lead a hectic lifestyle, terms like gardening, farming and planting are increasingly becoming alien to the tech-savvy younger generation.

Fifteen-year old Loganetraa Kulothunakan realised that most people do not plant anymore but yet, planting is a crucial part of creating a sustainable and healthy environment for the community to live in.

“Nowadays, if you visit the housing areas, you do not see any plants so it is not that cheerful. Moreover, plants contribute to a more sustainable and healthier community. When you go to the stores and markets, all the food and vegetables contain a lot of inorganic things, including pesticides, so it is not healthy for people,” he said.

With not many people planting, the art of planting or taking care of the plants too is something that the gadget-preoccupied younger generation are unfamiliar with, he said

When met at the recent pre #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019 media briefing here, the Form Three student at SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur said he wants to encourage the younger generation to plant and the best way to motivate them is through the gadgets that are close to their hearts.

So the teen decided to develop the Peaschool App as a way to plant the habit of planting into the public.

‘Peaschool’ which is a wordplay of pea to represent plants and preschool, providing assistance to users on how to plant, get rewards on their achievement and it also features stores and monitoring guide on the plants' growth. 

“The app also has a monitoring feature so that we can monitor the plants to make sure that they grow well and it will remind you to water them and to add fertiliser, ” he said .

“There is also a store feature in the app which enables you to buy seeds and other products from farmers and our partners,” he added.

Loganetraa, who is also a Digital Ninja under Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) #mydigitalmaker programme to hone students’ skills and provide exposure to innovative thinking, said he hoped to collaborate with the government and companies in Malaysia to get seeds, fertilizers and organic material to grow the crops.

He added that the app which is currently at the developmental stage can also be utilised by large-scale farmers.

The invention will be previewed at the #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019, showcased at the Digital Ninja exhibition from Sept 14 to 15, at the Malaysian International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC), here.

-- BERNAMA