Dr. Ahmad Parveez Bin Ghulam Kadir
Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB
Location Intelligence in Precision Agriculture
Malaysia accounts to about 25.8% of world palm oil production and approximately 34.3% of world exports in 2020. As the second world’s largest producer and exporter of palm oil and palm oil products, Malaysia plays an important role in fulfilling the growing global needs for oils and fats. The oil palm sector is being challenged for greater yield at a time of limited source of fertile land and challenges of labour dependencies in most of the oil palm operations. Introduction of appropriate and suitable machinery can bring a solution to the labour issue faced in Malaysia. Traditional farming, which is based totally on regional stipulations and historical records in making selections associated to planting, harvesting, irrigating and applying pesticides and fertiliser is no longer a comprehensive approach. In the case of palm oil production, the use of geospatial information and emerging technology is still relatively new in Malaysia. Compared to smallholders, big plantations are increasingly exploiting precision agriculture (PA) to increase yields, decrease waste and minimise the environmental impacts. Hence, growers are adapting precision agriculture, via the utility of geospatial technology know-how i.e. combination of geolocation, remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS), sensors, mapping equipment, data analytic, web mapping, mobile application for land preparation, slope mapping for terrace design, pest outbreaks and disease monitoring and many others.
Luk Ing Ping
Senior Consultant of Industry
Driving Digital Oil Palm Operations in Malaysia
The Malaysian palm oil industry is committed to moving towards achieving the national agenda to provide certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) to the world. In this regard, an increasing number of companies are using geo-precision technology to improve transparency and traceability monitoring in palm oil operations. By using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, users can collect data from various sources such as drones and sensors from the field to improve farm profitability and ensure alignment of operations with sustainable best management practices. In addition, having the capability to analyze trends in harvests and predict risks and vulnerabilities helps bring companies closer to their goal of achieving sustainable oil palm development.
Mohammad Zafrullah Salim
Scientist, R&D-Precision Agriculture Unit
Sime Darby Plantation Research Sdn Bhd