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Old July 31st, 2019, 08:01 PM   #401
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FGV explores collaborations including strategic alliances in palm and sugar industries
By NST Business - July 26, 2019 @ 8:33pm


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KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd has clarified that the plantation firm is exploring potential collaborations including strategic alliances in the palm and sugar industries.

FGV was responding to a report saying that the firm has been in talks to sell part of its stake in MSM Malaysia Holdings Bhd to international sugar players.

“FGV has stated in previous communications that the group is working on its transformation plan which includes reviewing all underperforming and non-performing businesses, especially the group’s legacy investments,” it said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia.

There are several initiatives that are ongoing and are at various stages of review and implementation, it added.

Since MSM’s Johor refinery came onstream in 2019, FGV said MSM’s total refining capacity increased to 2.2 million tonnes, enabling the company to serve both its domestic requirements and seek new opportunities in export markets.

As such, FGV and MSM are exploring all avenues to successfully enter regional and international markets, it added.

“Discussions are still at a preliminary stage. FGV and MSM will make the relevant announcements at the appropriate time in the event of material developments on this matter.”
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New approach to large- scale paddy planting
Published on: Friday, August 02, 2019
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KOTA BELUD: The government introduced the land consolidation model to shift paddy planting from a small scale to a bigger scale, said Tempasuk Assemblyman Datuk Musbah Jamli.

Musbah, who is also Kota Belud Farmers’ Association honorary president, said the government will also ensure the interests of all related quarters are preserved under this model.

“I suggest the land consolidation works are implemented by associations who represent the paddy farmers, like the farmers’ associations,” he said when officiating the Kota Belud Farmers’ Association annual general meeting, at the Datuk Musbah Hall, here.

The initiative, he said, will not bring any benefit if it is not optimised.

Meanwhile, he said the establishment of the Kota Belud Integrated Agricultural Development Area (IADA) is timely as it will promote precision farming.

“IADA will ensure the paddy fields will be managed by competent quarters who can boost the production of paddy.”
He also hoped the Kota Belud Farmers’ Association will continue to be strengthened, in terms of financial and membership.

“I was made to understand that the association is getting better financially with a fixed deposit of RM1 million and a rolling capital of RM998,000.

“This financial report will boost the confidence of all members who will continue to increase their investments,” he said.

During the meeting, some seven members were elected as the Kota Belud Farmers’ Association’s board of directors.
They were Madsah Jaragan, Marali Adim, Perman Abu Bakar, Jafri @ Jaffry Bilai, Muneh Sikin, Roubdin Mensing @ Rafdin Mensing and Idris @ Mohd Idris Kisab.

Also present were Sabah Farmers’ Association deputy director Fitrisubroto Yahmin, Assistant District Officer Wahad Sidek and Kota Balud Farmers’ Association general manager Azlee Shah Abdullah
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Ukraine to continue buying palm oil from M’sia, not tied down by EU rules says ambassador
BY JACQUELINE RAPHAEL ON JULY 11, 2019, THURSDAY AT 2:04 PM NEWS, SARAWAK


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MIRI: Ukraine has been steadily increasing the amount of palm oil purchased from Malaysia for the past three years.

Ambassador of Ukraine to Malaysia Olexander Nechytaylo said Ukraine buys twice as much palm oil from Malaysia as compared to Russia.

“We believe this is our commitment to Malaysia and we do it not just because we want to help Malaysia, but because we believe it’s a win-win situation for both Ukraine and Malaysia,” he said.

Olexander said this during a dialogue session with members of the Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) at the MCCCI conference room here today.

Also present during the dialogue was MCCCI first vice chairman Lee Choon Seng.

According to Olexander, Ukraine is not a full member of the European Union (EU) and they do not have to implement all the rules and regulation set by them.

“We are not a full member of the European Union. We are an associated member and that allows us not to implement sets of rules and regulations issued by the EU on palm oil,” he pointed out.

The European Parliament is reported to be in the process of banning the use of palm oil for biofuel while the retail networks in Britain and Iceland as having announced that they will stop using the commodity.

Malaysia is the top producer of palm oil in the world and together with Indonesia, produce almost 90 per cent of the world’s palm oil.

He added that Ukraine looks forward to collaborating closer with Malaysia in the palm oil industry as well as to look into other sectors that could also benefit both countries, such as education and culture.

“I believe there are lot of opportunities between Ukraine and Malaysia. By visiting Miri, especially MCCCI, we wanted to highlight a bit of the major opportunities available in Ukraine,” he said.
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Malaysia could replace Indonesia as top palm oil supplier to India
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MUMBAI: Malaysia is set to replace Indonesia as the top palm oil supplier to India in 2019 as New Delhi has been charging lower import tax on refined palm oil shipments from Malaysia, giving Kuala Lumpur an edge over Jakarta, trade officials said.

The rise in refined palm oil shipments will help refiners in Malaysia and bring down inventories of tropical oil in the world’s second bigger producer, but squeeze Indian refiners that traditionally import crude palm oil. India is the world’s biggest importer of palm oil.

In January, New Delhi cut import duty on refined palm oil shipments to 50 per cent from 54, but Malaysian shipments attract 45 per cent duty due to a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement signed by the two countries nearly a decade ago.

The duty advantage helped Malaysia to raise its market share in India’s palm oil imports to 52 per cent in the first half of 2019, compared with 30 per cent in 2018, Mohd Bakke Salleh, chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), said on sidelines of a conference in Mumbai.

“We are expecting the market share to remain the same in the second half.”

India’s palm oil imports from Malaysia surged to 2.59 million tonnes in the first half, compared with 1.39 million tonnes during the same period a year ago, according to data compiled by MPOB.

Indonesia has asked India to cut import tax on its refined palm oil shipments to 45 per cent as Jakarta’s share in the Indian market fell below Malaysia’s for the first time.

India primarily imports palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia and soyoil from Argentina and Brazil. It also buys sunflower oil from Ukraine and Russia and canola oil from Canada.

Indian refiners are struggling to operate their plants due to rising imports of refined palm oil from Malaysia, said BV Mehta, executive director of the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA).

Refined palm oil shipments are rising as the import duty difference between refined and crude palm oil has fallen to five per cent from 10 per cent earlier, Mehta said.

India imported 1.59 million tonnes of refined palm oil in first half of 2019, up 50% from a year ago, according to SEA.

New Delhi’s refined palm oil imports are likely to jump to a record 3 million tonnes in the 2018/19 marketing year ending on Oct. 31, up 43 per cent from a year ago, said Mehta, adding “Indian refiners won’t survive unless the government raises import tax on refined palm oil.” — Reuters
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Fama to improve output of Musang King
Published on: Saturday, August 10, 2019
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KUALA TERENGGANU: The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) is confident of improving the quality and output of Musang King durians to meet the demand from China.

Its chairman, Ishak Ismail said to meet the target, Fama had drawn up various strategies including assisting durian farmers in developing their farms and building durian processing centres.

He told reporters at the launch of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Ministry’s Durian Sale and Meet-Customers Day event held at the Fama office here, that the five-year plan was to meet 10 per cent of the demand for the ‘King of Fruits’ from China.

Currently, he said, Malaysia was only able to meet one per cent of the demand from China with an export value of RM9.45 million last year.

“In June this year, Malaysia obtained the permission to export frozen durians in whole fruit form to China. Previously, we could only export durians in clove and pulp form.

“With this new development, we expect to increase the durian export to China to at least 30 per cent by the year-end,” he said.

Currently, Malaysia’s durian products have found markets in seven cities in China, namely Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Chengdu, Nanning, Chongqing and Guangzhou.

Ishak said so far, there were 31 durian processing facilities in Malaysia which had obtained the permit to export frozen durian in the form of cloves and pulp, and five companies exporting frozen whole fruits to China.
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Kossan Rubber's Q2 net profit rises 28.64pct to RM55.88mil
By Ayisy Yusof - August 22, 2019 @ 7:51pm
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KUALA LUMPUR: Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd’s (Kossan Rubber) net profit increased 28.64 per cent to RM55.88 million in the second-quarter (Q2) ended June 30, 2019, from RM43.44 million previously.

In an exchange filing today, the glove manufacturer said the higher profit was contributed by increased sales volume for glove products and production output, supported by manufacturing efficiency and effective cost controls.

Its Q2 revenue rose 10.82 per cent to RM550.53 million from RM496.79 million on the back of the improved performance from the gloves and technical input rubber products division.

For the first-half of 2019, Kossan Rubber’s net profit jumped 30.30 per cent to RM114.61 million from RM87.96 million.

Its revenue rose 13.26 per cent to RM1.11 billion from RM980.96 million a year ago.

Kossan Rubber said it was confident the current fiscal year would be a growth year for the group, leveraging on its transformation plans and a growth strategy that focuses on cost savings, advanced manufacturing technology and continuous improvements in operating efficiency.
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KK to have a RM20mil botanical garden
Published on: Sunday, August 25, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: A RM20 million botanical park will be built at Tun Fuad Stephens Park in Bukit Padang in line with making the city more liveable, according to Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) Director-General, Noorliza Awang Alip.

“As part of the plan for greener Kota Kinabalu, we will open a botanical park here. We have been given an allocation of RM20 million for it and have received 10 per cent for appointment of consultant to do the Terms of Reference (TOR).

“This is in line with our mission to make Kota Kinabalu a clean, green and liveable city for the people’s wellbeing,” she said in her presentation “KK Moving Forward” at its first Town Hall held at DBKK building, Saturday. It was in conjunction with DBKK’s newly-launched corporate culture of KK Moving Forward – Innovative, Efficient and Effective.

Noorliza said improvements would also be made on public parks and monuments, as well as landscaping in suburban areas.

She said for lighting up the city and to make it lively, work already started in Likas Bay areas and would extend to other areas.

As for old, dull-looking and poorly maintained buildings in the city, she said an integrated operation would be conducted to advise building owners and assist them if they request for it.

“DBKK has a collaboration with Nippon Paint which provides certain discount to encourage building owners to have their respective buildings repainted...especially buildings built after war or in the 60s,” she said.

Earlier, Noorliza said there is a need to plan and activate a people-related agenda for the 366sq km Kota Kinabalu City, of which 30 per cent is urban and the rest suburban, with a population of 536,000.

“There is a need to ensure whatever prosperity at the city central will be shared by those in greater KK,” she said. She said DBKK’s mission is not only to make Kota Kinabalu a clean, green and liveable city, but create a conducive and innovative business environment while at the same time empower the suburban area and people who live there.

In her presentation, she also touched on the enforcement, waste management, settlement including squatter colonies, public amenities like cycling tracks and shelved pedestrian walkways, commercial activites like food trucks, food and fruit stall markets and services provided by DBKK.

The DBKK currently has 66 professionals and 2,010 field personnel.
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Sabah unable to meet the rising cocoa demand
Published on: Friday, August 30, 2019
By: Johan Aziz


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KENINGAU: Assistant Minister of Rural Development, Rasinin Koutis, said the Malaysian cocoa industry is facing a shortage of cocoa production while demand for cocoa beans from local mills is increasing.

He said this state of imbalance has been detrimental to the development of the cocoa industry at the downstream level.

“Last year, Malaysia only produced about 814 tonnes of cocoa beans compared to 345,488 tonnes needed annually by local cocoa mills,” he said when addressing the Malaysian Cocoa Board’s Friendly Meeting with the cocoa farmers on Thursday.

He said this meant that Malaysia needed to import 344,674 tonnes of cocoa beans from other producing countries, especially Indonesia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

According to him, cocoa was the first commodity cultivated in Malaysia in the 1770s or 249 years ago. Since then, cocoa cultivation has grown rapidly and has contributed significantly to the economic development of the country.

He said in 1989, the total area of cocoa cultivation in Malaysia was 415,000 hectares with a total production of 247,000 tonnes. Malaysia was then one of the largest cocoa-producing countries in the world.

However, cultivation began to decline in 2000 following competition for land use with other commodity crops, especially oil palm.

“In 2011, cocoa crop area was recorded on 20,543 hectares with an estimated 5,000 tonnes of production, which declined nearly 70pc from 16,000 tonnes in 2010 due to climate change and the addition of new areas of early and immature cocoa plant to produce yields,” he said.

Rasinin, who is also Liawan Assemblyman, said the government is always focused on developing the agriculture sector such as the cocoa commodity sector to increase its contribution to the country’s economic growth.

He said policies, strategies and programmes were formulated and implemented with the aim of enhancing the development of the cocoa industry as a catalyst for the oil and rubber industry to move together to drive socio-economic development and improve the living standards of the rural population especially smallholders.

He urged farmers not to hesitate to study and keep up-to-date on modern agricultural practices through the development of new technologies and techniques to improve crop production.

In Rasinin’s view, this is the best time for farmers to re-grow cocoa as demand for its beans is higher than production.
Based on economic principles, he said this situation would certainly lead to increased price of cocoa beans in the market and thus provide a lucrative income for cocoa farmers.

He hoped the locals would take advantage of the industry as it is also able to compete with local crops such as oil palm, rubber and other crops that were economically viable even though they were in rural areas and at the same time contributing to the country’s economy.

At the event, three cocoa farmers consisting Eson @ Sision Lupan, Stephen Angkim and Francis Laudi received the Cocoa Farmers Award on their high yields. The awards were presented by Rasinin.

The event was also graced with a ceremony to cut the cake on the Third Anniversary of the Cocoa Crop Movement (Gertak) under the Sabah Interior Development Foundation (YPPS).

Also present at the event were Deputy Director-General of Malaysian Cocoa Board, Dr Ramle Kasin, Datin Zubaidah Haji Rusnin representing YPPS, Chairperson of Jaws and Claws Chocolate, Josepine Lu, Organising Chairman Rustam Bakka, LKM unit heads and Gertak members.
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MATA Aerotech offers drone technology in agriculture sector
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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 4): Drone and robotic technology firm, MATA Aerotech Sdn Bhd aims to expand the use of drone technology in the management and operation of the country's agricultural sector within the next five years.

Its chief executive officer Wan Azrain Adnan said the move was to help improve the quality and productivity of agricultural yield while reducing dependence on labour and operating costs.

He said the use of drones was in collaboration with GEOSAT Aerospace and Technology Inc. based in Taiwan, that has specialized in drones for more than 10 years.

"For example, based on the Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute study, droplet pathway by a drone system gives 93 percent pest removal efficiency compared with a manual sprayer with 63 percent," he told Bernama here today.

On July 23, MATA Aerotech had initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Felcra Berhad for pilot drones used for plantation operations, research and development (R&D) operations and human capital development for drone and robotic technology industry.

Meanwhile, Wan Azrain said the primary focus was to introduce two drone models namely ALPAS II (Helicopter) and the Pterosaur for agricultural purposes.

ALPAS II is an unmanned helicopter equipped with autopilot, autonomous take-off, and landing as well as an automatic flight planning software.

However, the Pterosaur is an unmanned aircraft equipped with autopilot, autonomous landing, and automatic flight planning software.

"We are bringing Pterosaur that can capture aerial imagery for 1,000 hectares within 3 hours and by using our software the report can be generated easily.

"While the ALPAS II (Helicopter) is used for agriculture spraying which only takes 11 minutes to complete spraying of one hectare of paddy field," he added.

Wan Azrain also said the drone has the ability to take photos that can aid in identifying diseased plants thus enabling the process of recovery or spraying of pesticides to be carried out quickly and effectively.
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SWS Ventures Into Drones, AI to Boost Agricultural Performance in Malaysia
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SWS CAPITAL ACQUIRES 51% STAKE IN DRONE AND ROBOTICS FIRM MATA AEROTECH
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  • Felcra deal to potentially contribute approximately US$2.4 million in revenue by 2020
  • Multiple indications of interest from agribusiness companies and government ministries



(From left) SWS Capital director Tan Kok Tiam; Ee Jia Houseware MD Ooi Chen Hoon; MATA Aerotech director Randall Low; SWS Capital executive chairman Dr Tan Khoon Ha; MATA Aerotech CEO Wan Azrain Adnan; and SWS Capital group MD Teoh Han Chuan

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MALAYSIAN plastics and furniture manufacturing company SWS Capital Bhd has exercised its option to purchase a majority 51% share in the drone and robotics technology firm MATA Aerotech Sdn Bhd, propelling its business into a worldwide market which PwC predicts will be valued at US$127 billion (RM528.3 billion) by next year.

SWS will pay US$1.13 million (RM4.725 million) in cash for 3,442,500 shares in MATA Aerotech, following its option agreement earlier this month with local IT company Nexus Union Sdn Bhd.

Nexus formed MATA Aerotech in a joint-venture with Taiwan-listed Geosat Aerospace & Technology Inc, a full-service Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and robotics technology firm that has been offering military-grade commercial drone solutions since 2004.

SWS' purchase in MATA Aerotech comes as commercial drone usage has hit mass adoption globally, driven by the integration of artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning algorithms.

"Our purchase of 51% control in MATA Aerotech will transform our business from a plastics and furniture manufacturer into one that is immersed in Industry 4.0 technologies," said SWS Capital executive chairman Dr Tan Khoon Hai.

"The interest shown by large, respected players like Felcra and Felda and support from the government augurs well for this new business."

According to MATA Aerotech chief executive officer Wan Azrain Adnan, there have been multiple indications of interest from large agribusiness companies and government ministries both locally and in the region for MATA Aerotech in Malaysia.

The MATA Aerotech JV is a result of a facilitation and matching exercise by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, via the Industrial Development Bureau of Taiwan and the Institute for Information Industry (III) Taiwan.

MATA Aerotech possesses in-depth expertise and experience in drone and robotics technology and is involved in various activities ranging from research and development (R&D), manufacturing and assembly, testing, training, service provision, and data analytics.

Through this joint venture, MATA Aerotech aims to boost key local industries with Geosat’s technology, focusing primarily on agribusiness as a first step.

Financial contribution

On July 22, 2019, MATA Aerotech inked an MoU with government-owned Felcra, outlining a collaboration to incorporate drone technology into the management and operations of the rural development entity's plantations.

Witnessed by Minister of Economic Affairs Mohamed Azmin Ali, the MoU with Felcra forms the first phase of the rollout of drone technology services in Malaysia by MATA Aerotech.

The first phase of the rollout is projected to potentially contribute approximately US$2,4 million (RM10 million) in revenue to MATA Aerotech by 2020.

By then, MATA Aerotech would have invested over US$720,301 (RM3 million) to expand its operations, especially its fleet of drones, and the training of drone pilots and technicians.

Felcra, with total land under management amounting to 257,078 hectares (palm oil 212,093 ha, rubber 40,045 ha and paddy 4,130 ha), wants to leverage on drones and data analytics to drive down costs, increase crop efficiency and reduce the use of manual labour on its estates.

"Precision agriculture is the future of farming," said Wan Azrain. "By utilising drone and robotics technology in Felcra’s plantations, pioneering research and development for the agricultural sector and training drone pilots in our academy, we are propelling local Malaysian agriculture into the 21st century.

“It’s a good start, a promising start. We’re happy with what we have achieved so far and operationally, we’re rushing to commence operations in September.”

Agribusiness players like Felcra have been attracted by the prospect of replacing farmers with drones, resulting in reduced wastage of pesticides, fewer incidents of theft and decreased man-hours spent counting trees, harvesting and human error.

"This leads to vastly reduced dependency on foreign labour, thus allowing our local workforce to be upskilled and redeployed in higher-value tasks in the agriculture ecosystem," added Wan Azrain.

Felda, IADA demos

Over the past two months, MATA Aerotech has conducted drone technology demonstrations to several organisations, including Felda, Felcra and Integrated Agriculture Development Area (IADA) Barat Laut Selangor, an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry.

Felda manages almost 530,000 hectares of palm oil plantation, whilst IADA Barat Laut Selangor covers an area of almost 20,000 hectares of paddy farm.

"Our work with Felcra will generate data that is invaluable for Artificial Intelligence (A.I) Predictive Analysis," added Wan Azrain.

"This would be key for Felcra as it moves towards a Smart Agriculture model, which is driven by data that has been provided by a combination of technologies, including via drone technology."
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Hasil padi meningkat 10 peratus guna dron
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Wan Azrain (kanan) menunjukkan demonstrasi penggunaan dron bagi kegunaan sawah padi di Balai Raya Parit 12 Sungai Panjang.

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SABAK BERNAM - Penggunaan teknologi dron dalam sektor tanaman padi negara mampu meningkatkan pengeluaran hasil tanaman itu sehingga 10 peratus. Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MATA Aerotech, Wan Azrain Adnan berkata, perkara itu telah lama dibuktikan di Taiwan yang memperkenalkan teknologi itu sejak 10 tahun lalu.

"Dari segi kejayaan teknologi dron bagi sektor tanaman padi di Taiwan membuktikan memang banyak kelebihannya termasuk meningkatkan pengeluaran hasil padi.

"Apabila menggunakan dron, pesawah tak perlu masuk ke dalam sawah yang boleh merosakkan tanaman sekiranya terpijak pokok padi hingga menyebabkan hasil berkurangan," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemui Sinar Harian pada Demonstrasi Teknologi Dron kepada Projek Padi IADA Barat Laut Selangor Balai Raya Parit 12 Sungai Panjang di sini hari ini.

Wan Azrain berkata, dron juga dapat meningkatkan hasil tanaman dengan pemetaan tepat dan pantas serta dapat menganalisa kualiti dan kesihatan tanaman.

"Penyemburan baja dan racun menggunakan dron boleh dilaksanakan secara bersasar," katanya.

Beliau memberitahu, analisis data disediakan teknologi dron membantu menambah-baik prestasi pengurusan ladang dengan memiliki maklumat ladang terkini.

Katanya, kajian juga membuktikan penggunaan dron di sawah mampu mengurangkan kos semburan meracun sebanyak 25 peratus.

Selain itu, katanya, pesawah juga dapat menjimatkan kos tenaga kerja terutama kebergantungan terhadap buruh asing sehingga 30 peratus.

Bagaimanapun Wan Azrain berkata, teknologi dron membuka peluang kepada golongan muda menceburi kerjaya sebagai 'pilot drone' dalam sektor pertanian lebih moden.

"Kerjaya (pilot drone) ini semakin meningkat dan berpotensi besar untuk diterokai seperti anak-anak muda di China dan Taiwan yang terlibat dalam sektor pertanian dan lain-lain perkhidmatan," katanya.
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Amalgamation of land for large-scale padi farming
Published on: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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ALOR STAR: The Government has heard the views of a former head of a plantation company which can serve as the framework to implement large-scale padi cultivation, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Tuesday.

The Prime Minister said Felda Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh had tabled the proposal on the amalgamation of land which is applicable for large-scale padi farming. Mohd Bakke was the managing director of Sime Darby Plantation Bhd.

“He is familiar with the management of oil palm and rubber plantations and he has written a working paper on the ways to amalgamate land into bigger farms, which is not limited only to padi,” he told a press conference after opening the National Padi Convention, here.

Dr Mahathir said the proposal can be applied in the case of padi farmers in the country, many of whom are Malays and each own small pieces of padi land.

“The Malays have two or three acres of land, and cultivate oil palm. This is not profitable. Rubber is also not profitable. They have to amalgamate (the land) to enlarge the acreage and manage (the crop) professionally, putting the land to the best use to make it profitable,” he said.


Dr Mahathir said the amalgamation of land would be given emphasis because the provision of subsidy, including by way of free fertiliser, has failed to lift padi farmers out of poverty.

“We can give subsidies, we can give free fertilizer, but poverty still persists. The padi yield is still lower than in places which are managed well. As such, we are proposing to cultivate padi in another way,” he said.

The Prime Minister also wants institutions of higher learning to provide more management training opportunities to meet human resource requirements to manage the upcoming padi estates.

“We want to give priority to training in the management of large plantations and they (youths) can become managers, like in the case of oil palm and rubber estates,” he said. – Bernama
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Published on: Saturday, September 14, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: Etlingera Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), has signed a joint-venture agreement with Permint Plywood Sdn Bhd (PPSB) with the potential of making further inroads into the agarwood industry which is worth RM8 billion a year.

MTDC Chief Executive Datuk Norhalim Yunus said the collaboration would create opportunities for small-scale agarwood growers to export their products to international markets.

“Malaysia now has about three million agarwood trees. By using Etlingera’s technology, we can produce quality agarwood,” he told a press conference here on Friday.
PPSB is a subsidiary of Terengganu’s state-owned Golden Pharos Bhd (GPB).

Meanwhile, GPB Chief Executive Officer Datuk Nadzarudin Abdul Razak said under the agreement, PPSB would supply 480 karas (agarwood) mature trees, while Etlingera would be responsible for inoculation, harvesting, transportation, and extracting agarwood pure oil.

“Based on the agreement, profit sharing between Etlingera and PPSB was finalised at 50-50 per cent,” he said.
PPSB currently has planted about 100,000 agarwood on a 100-acre karas farm in Merchang, Marang, Terengganu.

Etlingera Chief Executive Officer Suhaimi Shamsudin said the inoculum generated from a research conducted by University Putra Malaysia has been tested and proven to produce high-quality agarwood oil that has been used for the export market.

He added that the technology has also been used in countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, while agarwood pure oil and chunk were already available in markets such as Oman, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, China, Bahrain and France.

“The market value of one litre of agarwood pure oil is RM80,000. The PPSB joint-venture project is expected to yield RM1.6 million in 18 months,” he said. – Bernama
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MPOB, FGV flag off b20 trial project
Published on: Saturday, September 14, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian Palm Oil Board and FGV Holdings Bhd are conducting a trial project for the use of a blend of 20 per cent palm biodiesel and 80 per cent petroleum diesel, namely B20, for diesel vehicles.

The board’s Director-General Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir said the FGV Transport Services trial project would involve technical data collection which intends to prove that using B20 will not affect vehicle engines.

“The trial project will raise public awareness on the use of B20 and demonstrate FGV Transport Services’ commitment in supporting the government’s initiative,” he said in a joint statement on Friday.

FGV Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan said the group hopes to achieve consistent and comprehensive data from the six-month test trial.

The project involves monitoring the quality of B20 with samples of biodiesel taken at each delivery by the supplier.
Six tanker trucks from FGV Transport Services will not undergo any modification throughout the trial duration.

“During normal maintenance of 30,000 km, inspection will be done on the fuel filter and water separator while lubricating oil will be collected periodically and sent to an external laboratory for analysis.

Haris said the vehicles used for the project will be monitored in terms of movements, fuel consumption and maintenance costs.

A flag-off ceremony for FGV’s trucks fuelled with B20 was held at FGV Transport Services’ Port Klang depot Friday.

Malaysia has successfully implemented B10 for its transportation sector beginning February and B7 for industrial sector in June this year in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions released by diesel vehicles.

The use of palm oil content in biodiesel for the transportation sector, which is set to rise to 20 per cent next year, will contribute to a cleaner environment. – Bernama
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Cocoa’s future bright
Published on: Friday, September 20, 2019


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KUNDASANG: Cocoa has been identified as among potential commodity crops to increase the income of growers.

Global cocoa production in 2018-2019 rose four per cent to 4.83 million tonnes due to favourable weather conditions in most major cultivation areas in West Africa.

This is seen as encouraging even though Malaysia’s cocoa production in 2018 saw a 20 per cent decline to 814 metric tonnes annually. The total area planted with cocoa in Malaysia in 2019 is 15,139 hectares but 965 hectares of it, the crop is still too young to produce.

Malaysian Cocoa Board (LKM) Chairman Jonathan Yasin said based on the current performance of cocoa beans in 2019, it is expected to be between RM7,500 and RM8,500 per metric tonne.

“The demand for cocoa beans from Malaysia’s high refineries following the demand for semi-finished products especially in Asian countries is an indication that the future of this commodity is bright,” he said.

Jonathan, who is also Ranau MP, said this at the closing of the Cluster Technology Fundamentals Course (TBCC) at Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort and SPA Hall Kundasang.

“The 2019 Cocoa Cluster New Crop Program (TBCC19) covers 345 hectares across Malaysia. In Sabah, the programme covers 220 hectares and is attended by 220 farmers from Ranau, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud and Tambunan.

“The total allocation for TBCC19 across Malaysia is RM2.84 million of which RM1.83 million is allocated for the programme in Sabah involving seven zones namely Karanan, Paginatan, Kundasang, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Tambunan and Telupid,” he said.

He expects all participants of the Basic Course to apply all their knowledge and skills as they begin planting cocoa in their fields.

“It must be emphasised that good and efficient management can produce good, healthy cocoa and produce quality products,” he explained to 114 participants of the three-day course who comprised mostly cocoa growers.

Also present were Malaysian Cocoa Board Deputy Director (Operations) Dr Ramle Bin Haji Kasin, Director of Malaysian Cocoa Board Technology and Development Division, Haji Mohd Zamri A Ghani and Course Participants Leader, Mahani Riman.
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RM20m Sabah swiftlet venture
Published on: Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Kota Kinabalu: Sabah’s swiftlet nest industry is expected to become an eco-tourism product following an injection of RM20 million from a China-based company via the signing of a MoU with a local company, Friday.

Syarikat Yang Zhi Gang Global (China) Sdn Bhd represented by its Chairman Chai Wei Min and Borneo Tropical Resort (BTR) Sdn Bhd represented by its Managing Director, Feizal Ajrin Karim, signed the MoU to make sure such investment initiative would have a positive impact on Sabah’s economic growth.

The Chinese company represented by Chai also signed another MoU with Sabah Swiftlet House and Bird’s Nest Industry (Swifin) Association President Datuk Karim Bujang to ensure assistance for such investment become a reality and to supply swiftlet bird nests to the company.

Chai said the company will invest about RM20 million to implement the development agenda on the swiftlet bird nest industry for the next 10 years.


It involves setting up 20 swiftlet houses every year, including building a largest processing centre for swiftlet bird nests in Sabah as well as strengthening tourism aspect of the industry.

“The initial planning of the 10-year investment is located in Kg Binsulok, Membakut, involving 100 acres currently operated by BTR Sdn Bhd.

“In addition, the collaboration will involve the tourism industry that will be integrated with the swiflet (Walit) bird nest industry.

“Therefore, we hope the partnership will receive strong support from the State Government and Swifin itself that are seen as the key agents in making this effort a success,” said Chai.

He said the upcoming investment would also bring in some 1,500 job opportunities to the local communities.

Agriculture and Food Industry Assistant Minister Dr Daud Yusof, who witnessed signing of both MoUs, said his Ministry always supported any effort to empower the industry as it could help the government to eradicate poverty in the State.

He said the ministry has come up with a number of strategic plans in collaboration with foreign investors, especially from China, as a way to help people of all levels to improve their quality of life and living standard.

“I will discuss with Swifin on how to implement this initiative and I am confident that it will make a huge contribution to the economy and interests of the people in Sabah,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karim said the spirit of honesty plays important role to ensure such cooperation to empower the swiflet bird nest industry in Sabah will be smoothly implemented because without any strong cooperation, such initiative will not be fruitful. He believed the company is capable of bringing this industry forward and most importantly contributing to the interests of the people.
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