Founder's Message

The Best Time to Plant a Tree

Sprout by: Vanessa Teo!

This is Vanessa Teo, sharing with you the story of inspiration for the startup – AgromeIQ and how it got to where it is today. It all started in my final year of postgraduate studies while at UBD | IBM Center in Brunei Darussalam. I was finishing up writing for my PhD in Agricultural Systems Modelling that focuses on identifying yield gaps in farms systems. I wanted to help the rice farmers of Brunei to grow more effectively. But it dawned upon me, “these farmers are never going to read this and apply it unto their farms. It won’t make them grow any better because they don’t have time to go through research papers and reports”.

Fundamentally, we researchers innately focus on knowing every single detail on a very specific subject, but at the end of the day will such depth of knowledge benefit humanity? At the end of the day, will my research benefit those farmers on the fields that need it the most? At that point, after finishing my PhD thesis, I wanted to be the change that I wanted researches to be; create something useful using the depth of their expertise. It wasn’t too late for me because, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu quotes


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