Unyil, whose skin is so dark it shines like black oil in the night, looks nonchalantly at Khairul, who is busy tapping away on his tablet’s screen. It’s midmorning and the oil palm plantation is filled with freshly harvested fruit bunches lining the sides of dirt paths separating blocks of palm trees. Midmorning is the busiest time of the day. Like hundreds of other supervisors in other fields, Khairul has to inspect the bunches to see if they have been properly harvested – just ripe with minimal stalk – and key in these quality inspection data into the app specifically developed for estates. Khairul’s workers will then load the two-wheeled cart pulled by Unyil. The domesticated water buffalo would later walk some distance before transferring her fill to a waiting lorry by the main road.
The enterprise app used by Khairul is a key part of the plantation management system called PMMP developed by ABS Innovations in Malaysia . The goal of PMMP is to push up the yield per hectare of estate, maximizing land usage and minimizing deforestation.
A tall order indeed for an enterprise app. But then again, implementation results have shown that the PMMP app’s design does indeed rise to the challenge.
Plantation Supervisors Are Compelled To Actively And Frequently Inspect His Field. Managers and C-level executives expect to view their estate’s health (or yield) in realtime. So, supervisors need to be on their toes and report directly from the field. Data in the tablet is then synced with cloud-based servers and consolidated into performance dashboards that are available to management. They can then take immediate proactive action, if required. This nonstop cycle of field data feed and corrective actions is perhaps the most effective app feature driving continuous yield improvements.
GPS Tracking To Ensure Supervisors Are In The Field and not having their siesta. Locations of the supervisors are time-stamped to confirm they are where they are supposed to be at a given time. Obviously that’s not the only intention of GPS tracking. If you have a complete picture of where your workers are, you can effectively optimize your resources and increase workforce productivity.
Purges Paper-Based Reporting which is still a common sight in many Asian plantations. No double entry from field to paper to system. Date input errors are significantly reduced.
In the case of oil palms, the swelling demand for its healthy, edible oils and biodiesel increases the pressure to clear more land. At a time where damage to the environment has reached catastrophic levels, apps like the PMMP couldn’t have come at a better time.
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