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Smart farming underpins most of the modern farming today. From tech like blockchain to measure the food supply chain, to having IoT sensors placed in the ground to test the quality of soil, these technologies have made farming easier for many farmers around the world.
Over in Malaysia, homegrown agritech platform SM4RT TANI is combining traditional farming with state-of-the-art Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based solutions to provide Malaysian farmers with robust digital tools that aim to revolutionize the agriculture industry.
In line with Malaysia’s continued efforts to expand its digital footprint, SM4RT TANI is helping to enable local farmers to increase their efficiency, productivity, and yield with cutting-edge solutions. Eseye, a UK-based IoT firm believes that food wastage could be reduced by 20% by the year 2025 itself if IoT devices are used in smart farming.
In 2019, agriculture in Malaysia contributes 7.1% to the national GDP and providing employment for approximately 11% of the population. Despite this, the Malaysian agriculture sector has been relatively slow in adopting modern technology.
According to a release by SM4RT TANI, this stems from the perception that modern technologies such as AI and IoT are expensive and aren’t viable for the agriculture industry.
Smart farming with SM4RT TANI
The SM4RT TANI platform is changing this perception by enabling farmers to obtain accurate information and readings about their crops seamlessly and in real-time, thereby maximizing efficiency and yield.
By utilizing Sigfox’s Zero-G Network supplied by Malaysia’s first licensed IoT provider, Xperanti IoT, as well as other IoT connectivity solutions, the system ensures that farmers have access to real-time pH and weather monitoring, pest control, crop monitoring, and more.
The agritech company asserts that crops can be monitored via the use of sensors connected to a central mainframe and viewed via the SATU dashboard.
User-friendly and convenient, the dashboard allows farmers to access alerts, corrections, and reports generated in real-time. Additionally, it is highly customizable and is designed to meet the unique needs of each user, showing specially curated information that is relevant only to their specific use case and crop type.
The SM4RT TANI platform also works hand-in-hand with its sister company, Urus Tani, a homegrown digital farm management system under the parent umbrella Singularity Aerotech Asia (SAT).
Whilst data from SMART Tani sensors provide crucial environmental data of the farm, Urus Tani helps farmers capture all operational data including inventory, human capital and planning management.
Designed with an intuitive user interface and compliance to agricultural management standards such as MyGAP, the platform complements SM4RT TANI to form a complete, end-to-end smart farming system for the farmers, the release added.
“As the grandson of a farmer, the agriculture industry is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. Over the years, I have seen farmers sweat bullets under the blistering sun whilst manually tending to their crops.
“More often than not, these farmers are working with nothing but hazy assumptions and knowledge passed down from prior generations. This not only causes ambiguity in their day-to-day operations, but also creates potentially unnecessary wastage in terms of energy, resources, and time. I wanted to change that with SM4RT TANI,” stated Hafeiz Hassan, Founder of SM4RT TANI and CEO of SAT.
Drones as a menu add-on, too
As an added option, SM4RT TANI offers farmers enhanced services through the implementation of drone technology in collaboration with the brand’s partner, Aeronerve.
SM4RT TANI’s packages include a Soil Monitoring System, Weather Monitoring System, Water Quality Monitoring System, and Digital Farm Management System.
According to Hafeiz, their system has been able to help farmers make data-driven decisions that have ultimately resulted in sustainable growth and greater results.
“Through our efforts, farmers have witnessed an increase of up to 25% in yield whilst being able to strategically reduce the use of valuable resources and manpower. We’re keen to keep this momentum going as we continue to spearhead the agritech industry” he added.
Providing smart farming solutions across the nation
Currently, SM4RT TANI has onboarded 10 farms across 5 states in Malaysia – Johor, Kelantan, Selangor, Kedah, and Negeri Sembilan.
Moving forward, SM4RT TANI is looking to include even more indispensable features to further improve the working conditions of farmers.
They include broiler farm monitoring, greenhouse monitoring, and virtual marketplace to further support the local Malaysian agriculture scene.
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