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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Visits CAAS

Source: Department of International Cooperation

2018-08-29 02:14

On the morning of August 21, 2018, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir visited the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). Academician Tang Huajun, President of CAAS, received PM Mahathir and his delegation. Tang also, joined by Bai Tian, China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, escorted the delegation’s tour to the Institute of Crop Sciences and the National Agriculture Technology Innovation Park of CAAS. The two sides held talks on strengthening cooperation and exchanges on agricultural science and technology.


Tang briefed PM Mahathir and his delegation on the basic situation and scientific research achievements of CAAS as well as the current cooperation with Malaysia on agricultural science and technology and future cooperation focus and mechanism. The delegation visited the CAAS’ achievements in the aspects of improved breeding of crop variety resources, vegetables and flowers, plant protection, animal sciences, and agriculture product processing technology, and exchanged ideas with experts on the feasibility of applying relevant agriculture technology achievements in Malaysia. In the National Agriculture Technology Innovation Park, PM Mahathir gained knowledge about the design and display of urban agriculture, plant factory, vertical farming, and community agriculture, as well as the demonstrations of the application of soilless cultivation, artificial light source, Internet of Things, greenhouse insect control and pollination technology conducted. He also showed great interest while appreciating the exhibition of achievements made by the Institute of Food Science and Technology, paying special attention to the 3D food printing technology, and tasted pastries of the potato staple food series.

 

After the visit, the two sides held a brief meeting on further strengthening agricultural science and technology cooperation, and exchanged views on issues such as rice breeding and production, vegetable and flower cultivation, crop pest control, organic agricultural production, and green development. Tang said that since the reform and opening up, under the correct leadership of the Communist Party of China, China has achieved great development in agriculture, with its people free from hunger and poverty and living an increasingly affluent life. At present, China is advancing green ecological development and striving to build an all-round well-off society. China owed the development of agriculture to the scientific and technological support and policy support. China and Malaysia are both developing countries, and there are many aspects in agricultural development that are worth learning from each other. CAAS has research institutes and teams in the areas of rice breeding, plant protection, vegetable and flower cultivation, food processing, animal sciences, and sustainable development. With its rich experience, CAAS is willing to share technology and experience with Malaysian partners, and is more than willing to strengthen cooperation with Malaysian scientific institutions in terms of scientist exchanges, personnel training, and project cooperation.
 

PM Mahathir thanked CAAS for its hospitality. He said that as a populous country, China has made remarkable achievements in agricultural development which is worth learning from. Malaysia attaches great importance to agricultural production and food security, and expects to, by learning from China, improve the yield and quality of crop production and increase farmers’ income, increase rice yield per unit area, apply biological control technology to control pests and diseases, develop ecological agriculture, and produce high-quality vegetables and flowers. He hopes that modern agriculture technologies such as remote sensing technology could be applied to rice, palm, vegetable and flower production, and hopes that the two sides may further strengthen agricultural science and technology cooperation.
 
By Xu Ming
xuming@caas.cn