SWS invests in drones, AI to boost agricultural output

SWS believes the efficiencies enabled by drone technology will increase yield while doing less harm to the environment. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 9, 2019.

BURSA Malaysia-listed manufacturing company SWS Capital Bhd (SWS) is investing in drone technology with confidence that an Industry 4.0 data-driven approach via artificial intelligence (AI) to Malaysia’s agriculture will boost yields and efficiency for local producers.

In a statement, SWS said it inked a memorandum of understanding today with local information technology (IT) company Nexus Union Sdn Bhd with an Options Agreement to purchase 3.44 million shares or a 51% stake in Nexus’ 70%-owned subsidiary Mata Aerotech Sdn Bhd valued at RM4.725 million.

Mata Aerotech is Nexus’ joint venture with Taiwan-listed Geosat Aerospace & Technology Inc. (Geosat), which came to fruition with cooperation from Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Ministry, the statement said.

“Mata Aerotech’s partnership with Geosat of Taiwan makes it the premier drone company in Malaysia for optimising agricultural performance,” the statement quoted SWS executive chairman Tan Sri Tan Khoon Hai as saying.

Mata Aerotech spokesman Wan Azrain Adnan said the efficiencies enabled by drone technology would increase yield while doing less harm to the environment.

The statement added that Mata Aerotech recently demonstrated drone technology to some of Malaysia’s largest agribusiness players, and that collaboration with these organisations was underway.

“Deploying drones to accurately map plantations, assess crop health and spray pesticides and fertilisers over thousands of hectares offer vast benefits. Producers are able to save millions of ringgit via superior labour deployment, input materials procurement, while also reducing wastage and leakages all along its value chain,” said the statement.

“Drones are the next big thing in the agribusiness world. It’s going to be a game changer”. – Bernama, July 9, 2019. 

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