Penang is the first state to launch the first smart vanilla farm in the country.
The farm, operated by its subsidiary Kairos Agriculture, used agriculture technology 4.0 comprising internet-of-the-art technology, artificial intelligence, big data applications, and machine learning and drone systems, Jubli Rebak Baru Sdn Bhd, Managing Director Ezra Tan said.
“A total of 8,000 vanilla trees have been planted on a 0.8 ha land, and the farm also apply automatic watering system which will go into action upon detecting highly hot weather or excessively dry soil.
“Later, we will also use the machine learning system which is a technology that monitors the land and surrounding conditions, which (will) enable the vanilla to grow faster,” he told a press conference after the launching of the farm by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at Permatang Pauh Agropark.
The company is also working on research on the growth rates of vanilla trees that were influenced by the weather and environment with Universiti Sains Malaysia ( USM).
Tan said the value of vanilla yields was calculated at RM 1,5 million annually using the digital planting process.
“We will also export the yield to Japan besides planning to collaborate with industry players to further develop the digital planting mechanisation by using robotic technology,” he said.
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