Could a plastic punch revolutionise the lives of palm oil subsistence farmers?- 10-05-2016
Yet according to Nathan Lakey, president and chief executive of Malaysian research firm Orion Biosains, this small gadget has the potential to improve the lives of millions of farmers in the developing world.
The piece of plastic is a leaf punch. Farmers can use it to take a small sample from the leaf of an oil palm seedling tree.
Part of the punch – a small barcode – detaches and is left on the tree’s leaf. The rest of the punch – with a matching barcode and small retrieved section of leaf- is sent off to a lab for testing.
This test determines how much fruit a tree will yield, enabling those with poor potential to be discarded quickly.
Post time: Sep-06-2017