TAR UC's Agriculture Forum 4.0 Discusses on Future Possibilities

(From left):  Professor Wang Qi, Assoc Prof Dr Ng, Assoc Prof Dr Lee, Professor Xu Hui and Dr David Lu addressing  the questions from the audience during the open dialogue session.


Datuk Dr Tan (right) presenting Professor Zhang Guo Yi (left) with a token of appreciation.


Professor Zhang Guo Yi (right) presenting Datuk Dr Tan (left) with a token of appreciation.


Dr David Lu (right) presenting Assoc Prof Dr Ng with a plant box.


Following the Memorandum of Understand ('MoU') on Agriculture 4.0 - Bentong Ginger R&D, a forum on Agriculture 4.0 was held on 30 October 2017 at the Auditorium.

Being an offshoot of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Agriculture 4.0 focuses on technological developments particularly in the areas of precision agriculture, agricultural robotics and biotechnology which could solve some major problems faced in the conventional farming. Specifically organised for researchers, industry players, stakeholders and farmers, the forum touched on the maturity of Agriculture 4.0, the challenges and opportunities and the economic perspective on ginger cultivation.

The forum was attended by Prof. Zhang Guoyi, Executive Vice Director of Dongguan Institute of Opto-Electronics, Peking University, Professor Wang Qi, Vice President of Dongguan Institute of Opto-Electronics, Peking University,  Professor Xu Hui, Deputy Dean of College of Horticulture, Shenyang Agricultural University,  Dr David Lu, General Manager of Beijing Plantbox Technology Co., Ltd & Dongguan Sinoinnova Semiconductor Lighting Co., Ltd, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, TAR UC senior management, staff and students of TAR UC as well as some stakeholders.

?I am glad that TAR UC researchers have taken a keen interest in playing a part in the Malaysia?s agriculture sector. I was briefed that all of the distinguished guests seated here today are agriculturists, investors, multinational agriculture businessman, environmentalists, food scientist and technologist,? said Datuk Dr Tan during his opening speech. ?I hope that this forum will serve as an interactive platform for information sharing and idea exchange.?

During the forum, Professor Wang Qi shared his presentation on the Maturity of Agriculture 4.0 Technology while Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin, Vice President of TAR UC, spoke on the Malaysian perspective on Agriculture 4.0 and Assoc Prof Dr Lee Wah Pheng, Head of TAR UC?s Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Research, gave insight on the economic perspective on ginger cultivation in Malaysia based on Agriculture 4.0.

An open dialogue session was also conducted with the audience and stakeholders present to address any issues and feedback on the implementation of Agriculture 4.0.