Operation to go digital to ensure success

Deputy Plantation and Commodity Minister Datuk Willie Willie Mongin speaking to reporters at a press conference at Pepper Board Marketing Headquarters, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Plantation Industries and Commodities (KPPK) Ministry will have its operations digitised to ensure the success of its agri-commodities digitalisation initiative.

“The implementation is in line with the Thrust 1: Drive Digital Transformation in the Public Sector in the Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint under the MyDIGITAL Aspirations through the second strategy namely to utilise digital technology to improve work process efficiency and productivity as well as the fourth strategy which is to improve services utilising government data,” said its deputy minister Datuk Willie Mongin.

Meanwhile, Willie said MPB had also expanded the use of digital applications such as the E-Farmers Database System (E-Pekebun); E-Grading System and Pepper Permit (Sistem E-Penggredan dan Permit Lada); E-SME system and various mobile applications such as E-Guide Lada, NutriLada, LadaGo and also Dr Lada.

“I would like to urge the smallholders to download the application as there is a variety of information that can be used, including how to grow, care for peppers and others.

“It can help those involved in the pepper plantation to optimise their production.”

He said that digitalisation in the agricultural commodities sector would also focus on creating a comprehensive repository of application systems, online services and end to end (E2E); drafting the KPPK Communication and Information Technology (ICT) Digitisation Plan; and optimising partnerships, resources or expertise.

“The development of mobile applications and online systems needs to be intensified not only at the ministry level, but also by agencies and councils to ensure continuous services to the people, faster access to services provided while cultivating new norms and reducing physical transactions.”

On a related development, he noted that the agri-commodities digitalisation could be a very good initiative in support of the government’s commitment towards a high-income nation driven by digitisation and as a regional leader in the digital economy.

“Having said that, I would like to encourage the supervisors in the areas to visit the plantation and the farmers as we need to disseminate this information and the benefit of these applications to them.”