JOHOR BAHRU, Nov 29 Nov (Bernama) – The Farmers’ Organisation Authority (FOA) aims to adopt agriculture technology that is in tandem with developments in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
Its deputy director-general, Norlizah Muhamad said this was important as Malaysia’s agriculture Industry had still not reached that level of technology.
She said there was still room for FOA and other parties including the private sector to make improvements from time to time to enable farmers in the country to move forward.
“To reach the Industry 4.0 level...it is very technical because in Malaysia, our agriculture industry is only up to level 2 or 3 (Industrial Revolution 2.0 to 3.0), we haven't reached 4.0.
“But we are striving, slowly we will reach there. That’s why now we see growing of chillies using the fertigation method and we can just use a handphone to help us spray pesticide, fertiliser and so, but that is only Industry 2.0 and 3.00,” she added.
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Norlizah was met at the launch of the Farmaster combine harvester and Worldstar combine harvester in conjunction with the National Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Day event which was officiated by Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Deputy Minister Sim Tze Tzin, here, today.
Earlier, Norlizah said the Farmaster combine harvester and Worldstar combine harvester were padi-harvesting machines produced by China and brought to the Malaysian market by two local companies.
The RM150,000 Farmaster combine harvester can harvest up to 2.02 tonnes of padi at any one time while the Worldstar combine harvester, with a capacity of 1.5 tonnes, is sold at about RM120,000.
Norlizah said the two machines were alternatives to the big padi harvesters being used and which had been reported to have a negative effect on the surface soil of padi fields as these machines could weigh up to 17 to 18 tonnes each.
"Hence, now we at the FOA’s Engineering Division together with the identified companies are bringing in lighter, more effective machines and at reasonable prices for the benefit of padi farmers.
“We expect more of such machines to be brought into Malaysia in future," she added.