THOSE in the agriculture industry should embrace digitalisation, says Penang agrotechnology, food security and cooperative development committee chairman Fahmi Zainol.
A digitalised agriculture system, he said, would make farming easier, adding that licensing and standard operating procedures would also be digitalised to ease the monitoring process of the state government and relevant ministries.
“A digitalised system will make massive quantities of crops and livestock easily available for wholesalers to purchase. This will increase sales of agricultural produce in Penang.
“The move will also prevent the misalignment of governmental agriculture policies among agriculture players,” said Fahmi in an interview with Buletin Mutiara.
He added that a digitalised system should cover all sectors of agriculture such as farming, livestock breeding and aquaculture.
“This will also pave the way for the advancement of agrotechnology.”
Fahmi earlier visited the Penang Information Division at Komtar, George Town, where he was welcomed by its communications director Yap Lee Ying.
He said the younger generation was not very interested in farming nowadays, but were more keen on joining the manufacturing and engineering industries.
To inculcate more interest in agriculture among youths, Fahmi said he would be introducing school- and community- based farming based on targeted areas set by his officers.
“These initiatives will be complemented with other initiatives such as smart farming, hydroponic farming and vertical farming,” he said.