BIOGRAPHY

Mohd Hafiz Mohd Hazir
Mohd Hafiz Bin Mohd Hazir graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2008 with a B. Eng. Degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and then furthered study at the same university where he was awarded the M.Sc. Degree in Bio-Information System in 2012. During the study, he was involved in numerous events, researches, conferences and activities such as a Spatial Research Group, IGRSM, Precision Farming Group, ITEX competition and others. Later, he joined the private sector as an executive at Quallinaire Technologies Sdn. Bhd. under UPM-MTDC Symbiosis Program for Commercialization of Real-Time Oil Palm Fruit Bunch Grading System. He joined Malaysia Rubber Board (MRB) recently where he brings together the culture of research studies to MRB at his full knowledge to elevate the rubber research especially in upstream areas.

Abstract
The Role of Geo-spatial Technology in the Malaysian Rubber Industry
This paper focuses on measures taken by the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) to explore geo-spatial technology in rubber management especially in the upstream sector. MRB targets a productivity of 2,000 kg/ha/year from 1.2 million hectares of rubber planted area in the year 2020, which will contribute RM52.9 billion to the Gross National Income (GNI) as stated in the National Key Economic Area (NKEA). As the country's leading rubber organisation, MRB has already started making use of the geo-spatial technology by collecting information from various, numerous sources internally and from related agencies. The spatial data represents the current performance of the Malaysian rubber industry. This information benefits a cross section of the society especially the researches, managers and smallholders who will be assisted by this data to make the right decisions in rubber management. The spatial information can be viewed in map form which includes data on location, area, owner, yield, contour, weather, soil type, clone type etc. These data can then be analysed to develop a target productivity or to identify new rubber areas. In addition, remote sensing provides huge opportunities by promoting non-destructive researches in line with the precision agriculture concept. Application of agricultural input like fertilizer, stimulants and pesticide can be done at the right places, at the right time and in the right quantity. Early detection and monitoring of diseases and pests can also be made. Although depending totally on this technology will present some problems, the move taken by MRB in utilising this technology and information will hopefully pave the way towards establishing a better future for Malaysia's rubber geo-spatial research.
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