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BOUSTEAD Plantations Bhd’s subsidiary plans to kickstart a commercial crop project for chilli and ginger with Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan Kuala Langat (PPKKL).
Boustead Agro Plantations Sdn Bhd (BAPSB) and PPKL have signed a document of understanding (DoU) which aimed to penetrate a sustainable and technology-driven commercial crop market.
This partnership will enable both parties to develop a commercial crop project by using the smart fertigation system and Smart Farming Internet of Things (IoT).
The DoU reflects Boustead Plantation’s efforts to penetrate other agricultural markets which in turn, contributes to Malaysia’s food security and it is also in line with its five-year Strategic Framework.
It also shows the group’s efforts to cultivate commercial crops on its land while its partner PPKL will bring its technical expertise, guidance and training to ensure successful cultivation.
According to Boustead Plantation CEO Zainal Abidin Shariff, this DoU represents a milestone to expand into other areas of the agricultural industry.
“As among the reputable government-linked companies, our venture into the commercial crop business indicates our steadfastness in assisting the government to address the issue of food security in Malaysia.
“This also aligns with our commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals No 2 which aims to achieve zero hunger by 2030,” he said in a statement.
The project will bring great technological and environmental importance by incorporating IoT, precision farming and strict compliance to existing regulations to mitigate any consequences to the environment.
“Guided by the Reinventing Boustead strategy, our ultimate aim is to achieve sustainable growth over the long term with adherence to the principles of environmental, social and governance,” he added.
PPKKL chairman Ab Razak Kasbollah believed that the signing is assisting the government’s efforts in providing a seamless supply of agriculture-based resources in Malaysia.
“We hope this partnership will open up more collaborative opportunities which will not only support our agriculture industry but also contribute to the socio-economic development of the farming community in Malaysia,” he added.
Boustead Plantation is one of Malaysia’s most experienced and established upstream oil palm plantation companies while its major shareholders include Boustead Holdings Bhd and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera.
On the other hand, PPKKL aims to uplift the economic and social standards of local farmers by increasing their income through agricultural business and creating a progressive, independent, prosperous and integrated farming community.
It has also been developing young agriculture entrepreneurs who use modern tools including smart fertigation systems, precision farming and IoT.
The document was signed by BAPSB director Khairudin Ibrahim and witnessed by Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister II Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh, Lembaga Pertubuhan Peladang (LPP) chairman Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi and LPP DG Datuk Azulita Salim.