Malaysia has been an active player in the cocoa industry for the past twenty years and boasts numerous international accolades including The Cocoa of Excellence Programme, a global award to recognise the work of cocoa farmers and celebrate quality, flavour diversity and unique origins. Now it aims to become one of the high-quality cocoa bean producers in the world.
MCB is showcasing its efforts to produce refined flavour, single-origin, cocoa beans by bringing its finest Malaysian cocoa and chocolate products to the Sustainable Agricommodities Week at the Malaysia Pavillion in Expo 202 Dubai. This is also to seek to expand cocoa and chocolate trading through pocket talks and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
MCB Director-General Dr. Ramle Hj Kasin conducted a pocket talk discussing how Malaysia is working to achieve this goal. The talk entitled “The Way Forward in Malaysia’s Cocoa Industry: Development of Fine Flavour Cocoa & Sustainable Farm Management Systems, Based on IR4.0 Technology” highlighted Malaysia’s efforts to produce high-quality cocoa beans.
MCB is focused on galvanising the importance of cocoa in contributing to the nation’s coffer by introducing precision and smart cocoa management within the industrial revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), for the development of Malaysia’s cocoa industry. Precision and smart cocoa farm management provide a blueprint to increase cocoa productivity while also reducing agriculture input costs.
In light of this, MCB and Agrocloud Sdn Bhd are collaborating as strategic partners on smart technology cocoa farming.
MoU documents were exchanged between MCB Director-General Dr. Ramle Hj Kasin and Agrocloud Sdn Bhd Managing Director Marcus Hon during the launch of the Sustainable Agricommodities (Food Agricommodities) Week on 7 February 2022. The collaboration will focus on enhancing the productivity of Malaysian cocoa planting under the Internet of Things (IoT) umbrella, and any farming methodologies that are regarded as modern farming, including mechanisation, precision farming and automated farming.