03/04/2024 04:37 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Commodities (KPK) will collaborate with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to promote various innovations, automation, and mechanisation in the country's palm oil industry.

In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), KPK Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said the agreement was reached following discussions with Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Chang Lih Kang yesterday regarding the advancement of technology for palm oil harvesting.

“Therefore, we welcome MOSTI, researchers, technology entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders in this ecosystem to innovate and adapt advanced technology to assist the Malaysian palm oil industry," he said.

Meanwhile, Chang, through a post on his official Facebook account, expressed MOSTI's commitment to offering suitable technology and innovation to address the challenges faced by Malaysia's palm oil industry, particularly in the harvesting process.

He said that the palm oil industry, which is one of the main contributors to the country's economy, is facing labour shortage, resulting in a significant estimated income loss of between RM20 billion and RM30 billion.

"I am confident that through close collaboration between MOSTI and KPK, and with the support of all stakeholders, we can lead the development of technology that will enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of our country's palm oil industry," he said.


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