Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) will be
hosting its first annual Asia Smart Farming (ASF) Conference and
Exhibition 2023 from October 3-6 with MY Events and ABS Greentech as
Moving in line with the Centre’s ongoing Environmental, Social and
Corporate (ESG) effort, it aims to tackle food security and mitigate
Mala Dorasamy, CEO of the centre said “The MOU signed with ABS
Greentech and MITEC in March, sets forth as the joint support to
accelerate the growth of this initiative to improve the carbon footprint
in the industry.
“There has been escalating global utilisation of pesticides and
fertilisers, which has negative effects on the ecosystem components.
This highlights the urgent need for sustainable and environmentally
conscious practices of smart farming.”
According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics, the
value of pesticide imports has increased by almost 300%. Ravichandar
Ratnam, the group CEO of ABS Greentech, said “In today’s world,
ecological-based farming can offer a long-term answer for producing
sufficient food for the country that is of a high quality and both safe
for humans and the environment.
“Therefore, our primary goal is to promote the adoption of an
innovative holistic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach as an
alternative method for local farmers to reduce their reliance on
ABS Greentech, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture
and other private organisations, has been implementing the IPM and
integrating new technologies to cultivate pesticide-free vegetables in
the tropical lowlands of Malaysia.
The revolutionary No-Self AND (As Nature Does) and microalgae
biofertilizers are examples of the latest ecologically-based
technologies that will be promoted and implemented in Malaysia to
enhance local agriculture sustainability.