PERAI – February 26, 2019 – In recent years, with new concern about the large dependence on imported grain corn, MARDI has taken an initiative to start research on grain corn to transform the industry with cooperation from other Ministry of Agriculture & Agro- Based Industries (MOA) agencies’ namely Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and the Department of Agriculture (DOA). The theme of the conference is “EXPLORATION OF REGIONAL CORN PRODUCTION”.
The conference was launched by Hon. Tuan Sim Tze Tzin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry, (MOA). Also present at the event was Hon. Datuk Dr. Mohd Roff Mohd Noor, Director General of Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI); representatives from the ASEAN Region; District Agricultural Department, officers and other industry players.
“Malaysia has targeted to produce 1.44 metric tonnes of grain corn, covering 80,000 ha by 2032. Nonetheless, there are obstacles and challenges ahead especially when we have to face a global situation that is increasingly competitive such as world’s free trade, climate change, and sustainability development goals such as zero hunger and so forth. Thus, it requires a robust, concerted effort together with strong networking and collaboration across all parties and agencies involved in this industry.” mentioned Hon. Tuan Sim Tze Tzin.
Led by MARDI, Malaysia’s main government body for R&D in agriculture, this conference aims to deliberate and address productivity issues related to the production of high quality grain for livestock feed. It will also encompass related areas for deliberation where plant scientists and stakeholders can share new knowledge and exchange the latest information on the different technologies that have been utilised to improve grain corn production at both regional and national levels.
“We believe the input received from this conference will be utilized for the advancement of the grain corn industry, at the national and regional level,” said Hon. Datuk Dr. Mohd Roff Mohd Noor, Director General of MARDI during the launch event.
Field experts and technical personnel from MARDI, DVS, DOA and other speakers provide a various aspects of grain corn disciplinary and guidance including; Agronomy and Breeding, Plant Physiology and Growth, Pest and Disease, Post-Harvest and Feed Processing, Biotechnology, Mechanization and Water Management, Quality and Safety, Economy and Policy; and Feed Formulation and Nutrition. This intensive knowledge and insights presented not only increases the level of confidence for industry players in grain corn cultivation, but also supports Region’s goal to achieve self-sufficiency for grain corn production.
Meanwhile, the conference also witnessed the launch of the book titled; Laporan Khas – Potensi Penanaman Jagung Bijian di Malaysia: Pengalaman MARDI.
For more information about the conference, visit: http://rcc.mardi.gov.my
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