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Food demand would increase 70% by 2050 in pace with the increasing population rise. According to a UN report, 9.9% of the world’s population still experiences hunger, making the idea of providing food for roughly 10 billion people a difficult task. Given how unpredictable environmental changes are, we must rely on advancements in agricultural technology.

Fortunately, the early indications are positive. We don’t have to wait thirty years to discover how future agricultural innovations will affect how people live their lives.

Continue reading to learn what agricultural technology and innovation ITEX exhibition has in their listings in 2023. We’ll look at the technologies that are transforming how produce is grown, transported, stored, and managed by farmers.

Here is one by Team Leader, Dr Chung-How Poh and his team. His creation was the Aero Palm Estimator. Dr Chung and his team are also placed on the ITEX Silver Award. 

Aero Palm Estimator

The current innovation, called the Estimator, refers to a geo-tagging device and is made to be fastened to a harvesting equipment for chopping oil palm tree fronds and stalks to produce new fruit bunches. A global navigational satellite system (GNSS) receiver component, a microprocessor, and a module that uses Wi-Fi for communicating data with a cloud server are included in one form of the present invention. The Estimator may be used to create harvesting maps, keep track of palm tree positions, and count fruit bunches. The goal of the harvesting map is to direct harvesting machines to palms with the best fruit maturity, enhancing both the quality and output of palm oil. It has wireless charging as well.

Here is another one by Team Leader, Ahmad Khairul Muhamad and his team. His creation was the Crepe Rubber and Serum Processing Technology. Ahmad Khairul and his team are also placed on the ITEX Gold Award.

Crepe Rubber and Serum Processing Technology

This innovation offers a method for making natural rubber cuplump into pancake rubber and natural rubber serum (NRS). The resulting pancake rubber is very homogeneous, clean and contains a lot of dry rubber. Four liquid fractions are created from the extracted NRS by a variety of membrane separation procedures. The fractions can also be used as starting materials for cosmeceutical products, fertiliser, and feed supplements, with clean water being the final fraction. Processing raw rubber in conjunction with NRS encourages zero waste production while also adding value to the business by producing biochemicals.

Heera Rajandas, Team Leader of the creation of Phage-cific : Phage-Based Green Agri-Biocontrol Solution. Heera Rajandas and her team are also placed on the ITEX Gold Awards.

Phage-cific : Phage-Based Green Agri-Biocontrol Solution

Crop loss is brought on by soft rots, which are the product of a group of bacteria. Field, transit, storage, and retail settings are all potential places for it to occur. At the moment, we employ chemicals & medicines that are bad for the environment & people. It is non-targeted since it also kills helpful bacteria that are necessary for healthy plant growth and development in agricultural settings. By utilising their AI-driven platform and bacteriophages, which are viruses derived from nature, they are able to destroy the bacteria that cause soft rot while leaving the beneficial bacteria alone. This method is extremely scalable and can be used from farm to fork and can be used in the field, in shipping, storing, and at the level of retail.

Elya Masya Mohd Fishal, Team Leader of the creation of N-GRO. Elya Masya Mohd Fishal and her team are also placed on the ITEX Silver Awards.

N-Gro

Paenibacillus alvei (M3-12), an endophytic nitrogen-fixing bacterium, is found in N-Gro. In addition to producing biotin and citric acid, the bacteria may fix nitrogen in the air so that it is accessible for plant absorption. besides generating gibberellic acid and indole acetic acid (auxin), phytohormones.

Final product: A liquid formulation with 108 CFU per millilitre. Supplement to improve the nitrogen availability for plants and enhance nutrient absorption are two benefits of the product. Utilise green technologies, increase plant growth and yield, and use less inorganic fertiliser. Potential target crops include cash crops, paddy farms, and oil palm.

Method of Application: Soil soaking or foliar spraying.

Lin, Jin Fa, Team Leader of the creation of Batteryless Pest Trapping Box. Lin Jin Fa and her team are also placed on the ITEX Gold Awards.

Batteryless Pest Trapping Box

This work proposes a battery-less pest warning design. They use the existing pheromone lure technology combined with the developed pest capture box mechanism. The designed mechanism will flip and change its color when the number of trapping pests exceeds, without using IC and PCB board. Combined with cameras installed in greenhouses or outdoor UAV, the information on the number of pests can be obtained by using simple color recognition, which greatly reduces the cost of pest monitoring systems and increases farmers’ willingness to use.

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