Malaysia : MoU signing between international agro-technology companies
On the 16th March 2022, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between a Malaysian company, ABS Greentech Sdn Bhd and four international agro-technology companies, namely Lentiz Education Group of the Netherlands, Priva Horticulture of the Netherlands, Rijk Zwaan of the Netherlands and Powerplants Australia. Through the MoU, the four international agricultural industry players would share their experience and approaches in developing and encouraging the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the sustainability of agricultural systems and technologies in Malaysia.
The signing ceremony of this memorandum of understanding was witnessed by the Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and Mrs. Eva Oskam, the Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Malaysia.
According to Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald, “Through this cooperation, entrepreneurs especially young farmers will be given short courses in crop management especially involving the use of the latest technology in agronomic activities (practices to improve soil quality, enhance water usage, manage crops, improve the environment) and pest management programs that are more environmentally friendly, economical and safe for our biodiversity,” he said. He was optimistic that the expertise and technology introduced via the cooperation would encourage innovations in the country’s agricultural sector, and improve the quality and productivity of agricultural products thus creating new market opportunities.
He added that the country’s vegetable production industry needed to move towards modern technology-based agriculture to reduce production costs. “The young generation of agriculture industry entrepreneurs need to deepen their technology-based agriculture knowledge so that the country’s agricultural sector is more modern which can reduce dependence on other countries,” he told reporters.