October 7, 2019
AGRINOME™: A New Era of Oil Palm Begins
AGRINOME™ is a locally developed software ecosystem touted as the first ever smart agriculture solution to modernize the oil palm industry by incorporating automation, digitization and big data analytics for both research as well as industrial processes.
With the plague of haze drifting to Malaysia annually, fingers are constantly pointed at oil palm plantations as the root of the problem due to land being burned to be cleared for plantation. The issue of sustainability has dogged Malaysia for years as one of the largest oil palm producers in the world.
Malaysia, being highly aware and concerned with this, seek to cap the country’s oil palm land to 6.5 million hectares by 2023 in order to work towards better solutions for sustainability.
Opponents have always labelled the oil palm industry as the root of deforestation and environmental damage, sparking calls for bans and product boycotts around the world.
The shift towards digital agriculture is crucial in this era in which the demands for food and resources are increasing to sustain the growing global population. By embracing the adoption of Industry 4.0 (I4.0), AGRINOME™’s incorporation of highly advanced technology by integrating data digitization, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoTs), data analytics and automation is a major transition in the agriculture industry.
This year, a group of young and passionate Malaysian scientists at local start-up, Codon Genomics, made a breakthrough in developing a platform that could help oil palm cultivation to be more sustainable by converging the use of digital technology with agriculture research.
The AGRINOME™ software ecosystem focuses on harnessing the power of big data in helping scientists and agriculturists to gain insights and actionable decision making for improvement of crops through the convergence of genomics and information technology. This is a revolutionary platform as it is the first product in the industry to provide end-to-end solutions from planting material improvement through breeding down to commercial operations such as tissue culture and seed production.
AGRINOME™ is set to launch on November 19, 2019 at the MPOB International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition (PIPOC) 2019 in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
Codon Genomics was founded in 2010 as a local breed genomics startup in Malaysia. The Codon Genomics team brings together professional and experienced molecular biologists, bioinformaticians and software engineers to provide better data solutions for researchers through the convergence of information technology (IT) with cloud technology for biological studies.