Challenges of Smart Farming in Oil Palm Plantation in Malaysia: An Overview

Publication Date : 13/06/2019

Author(s) :

Ahmad Safwan, A. B., Zareen, Z.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
Issue 1
(06 - 2019)

Abstract :

Smart farming refers to the efficiency in agriculture management. One of the component of smart farming includes the usage of wireless internet and Global Positioning System (GPS) which connected with drone, machinery and equipment without visiting the farm. In some research, smart farming is stated to become the future of agriculture sector in which helps to overcome several problems nowadays for example, labour shortage. Oil palm production has been one of the primary economic sector in Malaysia. At present, Malaysia accounts for an overwhelming contribution to world's palm oil production and export which is 39% and 44%, respectively. Recently there has been a big drop in oil palm price. Nonetheless, smart farming is still very relevant in oil palm plantation in order to reduce production cost. However the implementation of smart farming is not fully implemented and restricted on several factors such as cost, weak imperatives for change, interoperability of different standards, connectivity in rural areas, and lack of knowledge on several technologies.

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