Permaju, MCB’s partner for the first smart cocoa plantation plan | Daily Express Online

Permaju, partner of the MCB for the first smart cocoa plantation plan

Published on: Friday March 25th, 2022

By: Bernama

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SEREMBAN: Permaju Industries Bhd (PIB) has partnered with the Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) to jointly develop and manage a 100-hectare plantation, the largest smart single-origin cocoa plantation in that country. PIB Executive Director Tang Boon Koon said that PIB has allocated a total of RM15 million over the next seven years to launch its plantation division while strictly adhering to environmental, social and governance criteria. Global Enterprise (ESG) for its operations. He said that PIB will partner with Agrocloud Sdn Bhd to develop a customized plantation decision support system (DSS) platform named Cocoa Plantation Management System (CPMS) for its smart cocoa plantation.

“CPMS is a holistic management platform integrating various technologies to provide plantation operators with a streamlined tool including all aspects of agronomic advice, governance and traceability. “We are also the first listed company involved in smart cocoa farming upstream,” he said in a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the development of smart cocoa farming in Permaju. Bukit Gangis Plantation, Setul. Also present were Minister of Plantation and Commodity Industries, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, and Austrian Ambassador to Malaysia, Andreas Launer. Tang said the implementation of CPMS technology combined with technical knowledge transfer from MCB will make this plantation the first fully integrated smart cocoa plantation in the country and serve as a model for future GDP expansion. He added that Agrocloud is supported by its exclusive Austrian technology partner, Pessl Instruments in the Agri Internet of Things (IoT) and Agri consulting services.

Meanwhile, Zuraida said the Malaysian cocoa industry contributed a total of RM1.64 billion to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020. She said the push in the agricultural produce sector is expected to be a key contributor to the Malaysian economy in the future. The project, according to Zuraida, will increase the production of cocoa beans, particularly to meet the country’s aspiration as a producer of uniquely flavored cocoa beans. “The cocoa farm in six to seven years would be able to produce cocoa beans and therefore with the cocoa estate of 100 hectares, it should produce 150 tonnes of cocoa,” she said. It was reported that the Ministry of Plantation and Commodity Industries (MPIC) forecast cocoa exports in 2022 to increase to RM14 billion from RM7 billion recorded last year, due to the huge global market potential.


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