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Sunway XFarms To Build One Million sqft Smart Farms in Malaysia

Sunway X Farms plans to expand throughout Malaysia

Created during the pandemic, the company was founded by Sunway Property and Education Group. It has since produced food for more than 1,800 families wither over 15,000 kg of leafy greens grown and harvested in Sunway’s smart sustainable city in Kuala Lumpur. Their newest farm, expected to have a surface area of 37,000 sqft, is estimated to produce at least 13,000kg of fresh and pesticide-free vegetables per month.

The company now plans on increasing its presence on 4 farming hubs throughout Malaysia totaling 1,000,000 sqft. In an interview with New Straits Times, Sunway Group chief innovation officer and Sunway XFarms director Matt van Leeuwen said “This is obviously not something that will happen overnight, but in the next five years we aim to build one million square feet of decentralized, smart farms across four urban food hubs in Malaysia. This includes Klang Valley, Iskandar Puteri in Johor, Ipoh, and Penang, which are all areas where Sunway has a strong presence. In five years, we expect these four hubs will yield three million kilograms produce on a yearly basis,”

The company currently has four pilot farms in Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur, and a demonstration farm at Sunway Pyramid mall. Their solution enables to reduce farm to fork mileage and its subsequent carbon emissions while ensuring produce freshness for all.

“Sunway XFarms builds farms which are both market and technology driven. Our smart farm ecosystem allows us to remotely manage our farms’ output, match it to demand accurately and make informed decisions using data collected and analysed from hundreds of data points at any given time. By doing so, we see that we are not only achieving key production metrics but also sustainability goals,” said Sunway XFarms chief operating officer Eleanor Choong in a press statement.

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