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MoU inked on farming, AI technologies

The Centre for Research on AgriFood Science and Technology (CrAFT) of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and HARQ Enterprise officially marked a collaboration following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at UTB yesterday.

The alliance aims to propel advancement in smart farming and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, explicitly targeting the optimisation of chilli production.

CrAFT Director Dr Syazana Abdullah Lim said the signing sets a milestone for closer research collaboration among UTB, governmental bodies and the industry.

The project on Smart Greenhouse for Chili Plant will make use of AI technology to mitigate the problems faced by the stakeholder, she added.

“It is a timely collaboration and we are excited to share our knowledge and expertise with our stakeholders in providing support in the agricultural sector,” she said.

Project leader Haji Ismit bin Haji Mohamad briefed on the ‘Smart Greenhouse for Chilli Plant’, providing a detailed roadmap for the research and development initiatives.

Dr Syazana signed on behalf of UTB, while HARQ Enterprise Manager Haji Abdul Qayyum bin Haji Mohammad Hanafi represented the agency. UTB Vice-Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the guest of honour, witnessed the signing.

The signing reflects the commitment in fostering scientific knowledge and discoveries through collaborative research activities. Recognising the transformative potential of smart farming and AI technologies, the partnership establishes a structured framework for joint research initiatives to bring advancement to the field. – Rokiah Mahmud

CrAFT Director Dr Syazana Abdullah Lim and HARQ Enterprise Manager Haji Abdul Qayyum bin Haji Mohammad Hanafi sign the MoU while UTB Vice-Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman looks on. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD
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