The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board has announced it will expand the use of technology for pineapple cultivation activities in the country, hoping to exert a positive impact on production. LPNM chairman Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said it was in line with the government’s efforts in meeting the challenges of Industrial Revolution 4.0. The new technology suitable for pineapple cultivation was the Internet of Things (IoT), which offers opportunities to increase agricultural efficiency.
Sahruddin spoke about a pineapple plantation that used the Smart Tani system, enabling producers to access data related to crop agronomy such as the percentage of fertiliser content, soil pH, humidity, temperature and rainfall distribution to be obtained to determine the actual needs of the pineapples to grow through IoT.
“With this Smart Tani system, local data collected by sensors in crop plots will be sent to a Sigfox Cloud network system which is then collected in a platform called SATU Dashboard. All data will be able to be seen and evaluated easily through smart phone applications or tabs wherever we are to determine the real needs in the field. This way, the farm owners will be able to carry out the work on the farm by delegating it to their employees without having to be present at the farm,” he told malaymail.com.