Tech provider Nectar Consortium aims to empower S’wak’s cocoa industry through digital agriculture

Ahmad Tarmizi (second left) during his visit to the LKM Cocoa Research and Development Centre. Photo credit: Ukas

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KUCHING, Jan 24: Digital plantation management application provider Nectar Consortium Sdn Bhd intends to empower the Malaysian Cocoa Board (LKM) Sarawak Branch in digitalising agriculture through the Teroka system.

According to a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today, Teroka is a mini version of the Digital Estate Management Application (Dema) system, which is designed for the digitisation of work processes in the plantation sector while addressing the problem of labour shortages.

Nectar Consortium managing director, Ahmad Tarmizi Mukhtar, said the Teroka system could also reduce operating costs by utilising a farm-to-table approach, an initiative that promotes locally grown or organic food.

“It can also increase the yield by about 30 to 35 per cent on average,” he said while visiting the LKM Cocoa Research and Development Centre in Samarahan recently.

During the visit, Nectar Consortium, Koperasi Warga Institut Koperasi Malaysia (KoIKMa), the Co-operative Institute of Malaysia (CIM), and the LKM Sarawak Branch agreed to explore contract farming opportunities to maintain and increase cocoa production. — DayakDaily