The world population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Agricultural production is thus expected to double or triple to feed this multitude of people. There will be increasing demands for healthy, sustainable and equitably produced food. Smarter solutions thus need to be found via the technological revolution sweeping across the globe to succeed in this mission to feed the earth’s humankind. Digital technology development and adoption is seen as one of the key solutions to transform the business of agriculture.
Agriculture is the fourth largest contributor to Sarawak State’s economy. In 2016, the sector contributed about 14% to the state’s economy and provided approximately 300,000 employment opportunities for its people. It has also contributed in poverty alleviation and uplifted the livelihood of the people, particularly those in the rural areas. The State Government is currently undertaking initiatives to transform agriculture for greater productivity and sustainability and optimising agribusiness based on new and innovative business models and processes.