Malaysia Keen To Learn Indonesia's Expertise In Maize Seed Production

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is keen to learn Indonesia's expertise in producing quality maize seeds to reduce animal feed imports, especially maize-derived feedmill, Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said Thursday.

Currently, some 50 per cent of the livestock feed imports are maize-based.

He said Indonesia has high expertise in producing quality maize seeds and it also had succeeded in producing various types of maize seeds that are suitable to varying weather conditions.

"We can adopt Indonesia's expertise to produce quality corn seeds. This is part of the main focus under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Malaysia and Indonesia on cooperation in the agriculture sector," he told reporters after the MoU signing at the Group of D-8 Islamic Developing Countries on Food Security hosted by Malaysia.

The minister said Malaysia is also interested in learning Indonesian expertise to produce hybrid paddy.

On the MoU between Malaysia and Indonesia, Mustapa said MoU placed cooperation between the two countries on a firm footing.

"Previously, we already have collaborations with Indonesia in the agriculture sector, but with the MoU the cooperation will be better planned and structured," he said.

Among areas of cooperation are joint research and training on agriculture subjects of common interests; exchange of scientific information on agriculture; holding workshops, seminars, exhibitions and conferences; and promotions of joint investment and trade.

Exchange of visits by agriculture and livestock officials and development and exchange of technical know-how of farm machinery, livestock rearing and equipment and technology transfer in the agriculture sector are also part of the collaborative initiatives envisaged in the MoU.



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