Smart Farming in Sarawak: Basic Challenges

 23rd November 2021

Under the economic sector of the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy (2018-2022), adoption of ICT and digital technologies in transforming and driving innovation in the agricultural sector was greatly emphasized. Examples of smart farming initiatives are the usage of technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, drones, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to boost the quantity and quality of products, while optimizing the human labor required by production. This approach is in line with the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) for agriculture to capitalize on modern aka smart farming as a way to accelerate productivity and growth.

Baseline Study on Sago Production and Its Downstream Activities in Betong and Mukah Divisions

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The main aim of the study is to compile and create baseline data on sago production activities (including both upstream and downstream activities where available) in the Mukah and Betong Divisions. Mukah and recently Betong, are recognized as the main sago production divisions in Sarawak. Among the specific objectives of the study are to determine the domestic production of sago starch, domestic consumption of sago starch, and the domestic market for sago starch as well as its processed end-products.

Master Plan for Community Development in the Resettlement Areas 2050

The project is commissioned by the Economic Planning Unit, Sarawak and led by Chemsain Konsultant Sdn. Bhd. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and SDI are part of the research consultant team. SDI’s role and tasks will cover the socio-economic demography of the resettled population, the impact of the resettlement and provide inputs for future actions, focussing specifically on the resettlement in Batang Ai and Bengoh resettlement areas. UNIMAS will focus on the Bakun and Murum resettlement areas.

SDI re-aligning mission objectives post pandemic
KUCHING: Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) is working on better aligning its mission and objectives, focus areas and activities with the state’s development agenda, such as the PCDS 2030.

Its chairman Datuk Amar Jaul Samion who said this revealed it was necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused a major developmental shift especially in the economic, social, education, public health and environmental sectors.

AI Meets Art – Overview of Text-To-Image Artificial Intelligence, Issues and Opportunities
By: Associate Professor Dr. Johari Abdullah, Lecturer, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Date:21st February 2023 (Tuesday)

Towards Humanised AI Technologies
by Prof. Dr. Narayanan A/L N. Kulathu Ramaiyer, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, UNIMAS
16th November 2022 | 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm | via Zoom

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