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Thailand: University launches smart farm system training courses

The Halal Science Centre Chulalongkorn University Chiang Mai Office has launched a series of training courses for farmers with the aim of passing on innovative technological expertise to aid in problem-solving. This latest initiative aims to stimulate the Halal agricultural sector through the reduction of managerial risks, investment as well as labor while increasing overall revenue.

The development of sustainable smart farm systems goes hand in hand with the implementation of innovative technologies. Using these tools and technologies can help farmers reduce risks in managing the cultivation of smart-farmed herbal plants. It can also help streamline and make more efficient the entire process, becoming a prototype to add value in the future. The results could lead to farms reaching GAP standards while also learning about smart farm technology and, at the same time, Islam’s Halal religious prescriptions.

Through the Internet of Things (IoT), factors, including control and monitoring systems of water, temperature, and moisture, for instance, are managed through sensors. Via software, farmers can remotely manage their farms, call up reports online and use the system to analyze how to reduce costs, streamline growing and maximize yield. With markets ready and waiting, farmers can work more efficiently, reducing time, labor, and cost.

The first set of ten training courses had over 600 farmers attend and was held between January and March 2023. The main topics covered were sustainable agriculture, sustainable branding, sustainable farming and sustainable marketing, and sustainable packing. A rotating number of speakers gave talks and held workshops.


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