About Kairos Agriculture

About Kairos Agriculture

Where Traditions Meet Science & Innovation

Established in 2019, Kairos Agriculture envisions to be the leading chemical-free integrated farm in Asia and the role model for young people to participate in agriculture through smart farming as a way to increase and diversify Malaysia’s farm exports.

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Chemical-Free Planting

Chemical-Free Planting

Production of Efficient Microbes (EM)

Production of Efficient Microbes (EM)

Full-LED Usage

Full-LED Usage

Compost From Crop Residue

Compost From Crop Residue

Automated Irrigation System

Automated Irrigation System

Rainwater Harvesting System

Rainwater Harvesting System

Kairos Agriculture’s first Smart Vanilla Farm in Malaysia sits on 6-acre in Permatang Pauh Agro-Park and Integrated Eco-Farm in Penang. The farm adopts Agriculture 4.0 technologies including the Internet Of Things (IOT), Big Data, AI and Machine Learning.

To better protect the farm against changes to export markets, the weather and unforeseeable challenges, vanilla is grown as the anchor crop, alongside other vegetables, herbs, and spices. The farm also uses aquaponics and a full ecosystem of microbes, enzymes, and vermicompost (worms).

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Our Vision

Established in 2019, Kairos Agriculture envisions to be the leading chemical-free integrated farm in Asia and the role model for young people to participate in agriculture through smart farming as a way to increase and diversify Malaysia’s farm exports.

Our Mission

  • To build a scalable and replicable Agriculture 4.0 vanilla cultivation programme
  • To explore complementary agricultural programmes
  • To establish a globally recognized ecosystem
  • To empower a team of dynamic and dedicated young agropreneurs.
  • To contribute to the larger interests of our society and nation
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Our Core Values

Knitted

Knitted

To foster a close-knit community to connect and exchange knowledge.
 
Ahead

Ahead

To remain progressive in acquiring knowledge, skills, technology and attitudes.

Integrity

Integrity

To lead a lifestyle that values integrity.
 
Respect

Respect

To embed a sense of respect for humanity and the environment.

Openness

Openness

To be open to new ideas, experiences and concepts.

Smiling

Smiling

To strive to be joyful and blissful at all times.

Our Team

Mr. Ezra Tan Koon Hock

Mr. Ezra Tan Koon Hock

Co – Founder & CEO

  • 12 years of entrepreneurial experience.
  • Previously worked in the F&B, marketing, insurance, and real estate development industries.
  • Top 30 Finalist at the 2021 JCI Malaysia Creative Young Entrepreneur Awards.

Ezra has always been motivated to do good and was involved in supporting many underprivileged families before embarking on this venture, which he personally invested RM50,000 in.

Mr. Joseph Chan Fan Eng

Mr. Joseph Chan Fan Eng

Chief Operating Officer

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Technology) (Hans) from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.
  • Committee Member of the Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (ATAS), Malaysia.

While Joseph did not graduate from an agricultural program, he is an eager learner, attending training courses on vanilla cultivation, organic farming, aquaponics, and irrigation planning. His efforts paid off when he was appointed a Committee Member by the newly-formed ATAS. Because of his position in ATAS, he was given the opportunity to share his insights into vanilla farming at the 2022 International Conference on Tropical Agriculture hosted by ATAS.

Mr. Alfred Phua Kok Hiong

Mr. Alfred Phua Kok Hiong

Founder & Executive Director

  • Community spiritual leader
  • Actively contributing to numerous NGO-directed social welfare programs.
Alfred has been helping the poor and the marginalized in his role as a community spiritual leader for the last 33 years. He is the driving force behind many eco-farming initiatives that aim to empower marginalized communities while contributing to technological innovation and economic growth, including Kairos.
Mr Jay Tan Jun Yan

Mr Jay Tan Jun Yan

Executive Director, HR & Public Relations

  • Double Major in Landscape Architecture and Interior Design, Taiwan Chinese Culture University
  • Director of the Vanilla Cafe

A true “People Person”, Jay excels at assessing interview candidates, onboarding new staff, and ensuring current employees are motivated to do their best at all times. He enjoys expressing his creativity by designing promotional materials for Kairos.

Mr Jason Ooi Yeow Loon

Mr Jason Ooi Yeow Loon

Executive Director, Operations

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • 4 years of experience in the IT sector, particularly proficient at graphic design, video editing, and network engineering.

Jason is an IT veteran who assists Joseph (the Kairos COO) with monitoring, maintaining, and upgrading the farm’s AI-powered, automated environmental controls.

Our Team

Cultivate Vanilla Right Here In Malaysia

In 2020, the export of vanilla was valued at USD 900.79M and the figure is expected to increase as demand continues to grow. As a new player in this field, find out how we help others own a piece of Malaysia’s first Smart Vanilla Farm.
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