Palm Oil Engineering Bulletin No.142 (Jan - Apr 2023) p8-11
Implementing IR 4.0 Technology in Oil Palm Plantation
Ahmad Syazwan Ramli*; Mohd Azwan Mohd Bakri* and Mohd Rizal Ahmad*

This article discusses the potential of Industry Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) technologies in revolutionising the oil palm industry by increasing efficiency, productivity, and precision in the plantation while reducing costs and environmental impact. Examples of IR 4.0 in the oil palm plantations include the use of sensor-based precision farming, automation in planting and harvesting processes, and the use of drones for crop monitoring and management. However, the implementation of these technologies in the oil palm plantations faces several challenges including lack of awareness and understanding of the benefits and potential of IR 4.0, lack of infrastructure and investment in the necessary technology and equipment, and lack of skilled personnel and data management capabilities. To overcome these challenges, it is important to invest in educating and training the stakeholders on the benefits and potential of IR 4.0, as well as providing financial and technical support for the implementation of IR 4.0 technologies and to foster collaboration between government, industry, and academic institutions to drive the development and adoption of IR 4.0 in the oil palm plantation industry. All the above is emphasised and discussed in this article.


Author information:
Malaysian Palm Oil Board, 6 Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.