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Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:32

The Sweet Taste of Agropreneurship

MGROW is a contract farmer that supplies its fresh produce to the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) and to private companies mainly in the northern region of the country. In the international front, it has also brokered exporting deals to China, a promising market for the tropical fruit. Ting shares, “The market here has been very welcoming. We are excited to get an overwhelming enquiry from distributors and exporters, to the point that we had to say ‘no’ to some! It is a good problem and has boosted our confidence in the product. But we recognise the high-demand and we plan to expand our farm soon so we can venture into more contract opportunities.” For MGROW, contract farming is a strategic component of the business growth. “Contract farming provides a set target that allows us to make precise decisions on how many acres of pineapples we are growing, how many the farm will produce, and when it will be harvested. Once the pineapples are planted, the only focus is to ensure we meet the deliverables,” says Ting.

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  • Best Practices Type Case Studies
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name Manjung Naluri Sdn Bhd
  • Geographical Perak
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:22

Contract Farming continues to "Blossom" in Malaysia's Floriculture Industry

Contract farmers reap advantages that allow for a sustainable income and business growth. For instance, Treegrow Orchids engage contract farmers in Cameron Highlands via a standing order. The pre-agreed price ensures that the sell-price will not fluctuate, thus enabling sustainable, stable income for the farmers. Meanwhile in peak seasons, exporters like Treegrow Orchids may also offer to purchase slightly more than the agreed quantity with a competitive price. At the same time, farmers are also keen to improve farming practices to ensure the quality of the crop and attract more business with existing and new exporters. In the case of Treegrow Orchids, farmers also benefit from the transfer of technology and best practices from the company. “Whenever we notice that the crop quality is not up to standards, we take the initiative to visit the farm to identify problems with the farmers and provide free consultation to help tackle any issues,” said Seng Yee.

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  • Best Practices Type Case Studies
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name Treegrow Orchid Sdn Bhd
  • Geographical Pahang
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:07

Nestlé in Creating Shared Value with Contract Farming

The Nestlé Chilli Club (NCC) is a contract farming model that supports local farmers who are contracted to supply fresh chillies for MAGGI Chilli Sauces. Working closely with Agricultural Services Department and the Farmers’ Association Board, it was first introduced to the local farmers in Kelantan in 1995. For over 25 years since its establishment, NCC has since reached other parts of the country, namely Dungun, Terengganu and Kuala Langat, Selangor. In line with digital transformation in agriculture, Nestlé also appoints Agricultural Services professionals to equip farmers in leveraging technology to produce the highest possible yield, at par with global standards. In particular for Farmer Connect initiatives, Nestlé shares best practices with local farmers through the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAIN) toolkit, specifically designed to train and assist farmers for better crop quality and yield.

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  • Best Practices Type Case Studies
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name Nestlé
  • Geographical International
Tuesday, 06 April 2021 14:54

Getting Started: FLFAM President shares advice for Beginner Contract Farmers

With the increasing focus on food security and safety, digitalisation is the way forward for the industry. Tan reiterates that the first criteria to truly benefit from technology is to implement a closed-house farm system. Aside from providing a better system in maintaining the climate, ventilation, watering system and sanitation, it is also the key in improving disease-control.

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  • Best Practices Type Case Studies
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name Federation of Livestock Farmers' Association of Malaysia (FLFAM)
  • Geographical Selangor
Tuesday, 06 April 2021 14:40

Towards a Vision of Shared Prosperity and Sustainability

“Even though Aqina Group is now fully-integrated, we also provide local farmers with the opportunity to participate in contract farming as well. This is in line with the government’s initiative towards shared prosperity and we support this vision wholeheartedly. At the same time, we are proud to contribute to the national economy by supporting local farmers, instead of relying on foreign labour. This ensures shared prosperity throughout the broiler chicken supply chain in Malaysia,” says Wesley Tan Seah Ging, Group Executive Director of Aqina Group.

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  • Best Practices Type Case Studies
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name Aqina Group
  • Geographical Johor
Tuesday, 06 April 2021 14:31

From A Humble Chicken Supplier to Large-scale Contract Farmer

When starting one’s own contract farming business, there are a few key factors to consider. One must first have land to operate the farm, whether it is one’s own land, or rented from other farmers – with license to operate a chicken farm. They also need to have the know-how in managing collaborations with integrators to ensure quality of chicks and the chicken feed are not compromised, or at an optimum level that does not negatively affect productivity levels.

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  • Best Practices Type Case Studies
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name Chop Cheong Bee Sdn Bhd
  • Geographical Melaka
Thursday, 01 April 2021 16:51

Advantages of Contract farming for the Rising Agropreneur

Advantages of  Contract farming for the Rising Agropreneur

For small farmers, taking the leap to start contract farming come with many advantages. Firstly, the nature of the pre-agreed contract protects agropreneurs from loss of profit in the future. This means that if the open market price goes down – due to cases such as oversupply - this would not impact the take-home income from the chilies sold. At GrasiCili, this arrangement has worked largely because the extra profits from whenever the market price is high, are strategically funneled into the participants’ collective funds. Thus in seasons of low market price, these funds will later be paid out to the participants to match the pre-agreed sale price. This modern business model is agreed by participants and minimizes risks of failing.

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  • Best Practices Type Infographics
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name GrasiCili
  • Geographical Selangor
Thursday, 01 April 2021 16:19

Igniting the “fiery” spirit for Agropreneurship

“There needs to be a shift in a larger scale at the grassroots, to ensure a robust agroindustry. At GrasiCili, we’ve realised that when we combine contract farming, a good business model, and social enterprise into the equation, we will be able to elevate the community of the nation, especially those in the B40 group. This is how we ensure a sustainable agroindustry, while empowering the people behind it,” says Munir as he explains the idea that led to GrasiCili.

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  • Best Practices Type Case Studies
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name GrasiCili
  • Geographical Selangor
Thursday, 01 April 2021 15:19

The Three Best Practices for Contract Farmers

The Three Best Practices for Contract Farmers

“Every day on the job is a process of learning. Raising chickens is an art – thus, contract farming is a great opportunity for farmers to upgrade and perfect their farming techniques, allowing specialization in this line of business.” - Syaizul Syamil, Founder and Farm Manager of Tube Ventures

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  • Best Practices Type Infographics
  • Industry Agriculture
  • Company Name Tube Ventures
  • Geographical Kuala Lumpur
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