Subscribe:

Pages

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

(The Star) Johor to work with Taiwan to strengthen agro-based industry

HSIN CHU: Taiwan will share knowledge and expertise in the agriculture and agro-based industry sectors with Johor.
State Domestic Trade, Tourism and Consumerism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the Johor government would team up with their Taiwanese counterparts for the transfer of technology.
“Johor is already the top food producer in Malaysia, thus to strengthen our position, it is only appropriate we work with Taiwan, a leading player in the agriculture and agro-based industry through the use of advanced technology.
“We are looking into ways to work together not only in terms of investments but also sharing of knowledge and expertise,” he told reporters during an official visit to Taiwan in December.
Tee said the Taiwanese government as well as several agencies and local associations have expressed interest to cooperate and work together for mutual benefit.
He described the trip as a success as the delegation managed to visit several government offices, associations and research centres in Taiwan.
Tee (centre) with Ismail (second from right), Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali (far right) and Johor Tourism Department director Mohd Gadaffi Abdul Aziz (far left) with Taiwan officials listening to a briefing during a visit to an orchid farm in Taiwan.
Tee (centre) with Ismail (second from right), Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali (far right) and Johor Tourism Department director Mohd Gadaffi Abdul Aziz (far left) with Taiwan officials listening to a briefing during a visit to an orchid farm in Taiwan.
“This visit will enable us to foster stronger ties and share expertise and useful insights especially on agriculture,” said Tee.
Taiwan’s Agricultural Technology Research Institute (Atri) was among those that expressed interest to cooperate with Johor to create a win-win situation which will benefit both countries.
Its board of directors chairman Wu Ming Ming said with the right technology and techniques, Malaysian farmers would see better crops and expand their business.
“We can work together in terms of research and development including studies on pineapple to find a method to produce more seeds as well as discuss further on agro-tourism,” he said.
Meanwhile, Johor Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Committee chairman Ismail Mohamed said that he would be holding a discussion with industry players including agriculture agencies on possible alliances.
“We want our farmers to be more aggressive in marketing products as Malaysia is blessed with an abundance of land and great tropical weather, ideal for the growing of crops.
“However, our industry players lack appropriate marketing strategies and technology to accommodate future high demand if they go global and this is where we are aiming to tap into Taiwan’s expertise,” he said.

During the week-long working visit, some 20 Malaysian delegates from relevant departments and agencies met with several Taiwan Government officials as well as key industry players in the food, agriculture and agro-based industries in Taipei, Kaohsiung and its surrounding areas.