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KUCHING, June 24 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has received an allocation of RM31 million under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) this year to implement 14 agricultural technology research and development (R&D) projects.
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) secretary-general Datuk Haslina Abdul Hamid said as of December last year, more than 120 MARDI technologies had been transferred to over 100 companies and industry partners through direct sales, exclusive or non-exclusive licensing, as well as consulting services.
“The success of this technology transfer is also translated through MARDI's victory in the Malaysian Commercialisation Year (MCY) which is a platform of recognition that measures the achievements of technology commercialisation stemming from government-funded research.”
She said this in a speech at the launch of the 2022 Sarawak Agroinvest Programme officiated by Sarawak Minister of Agriculture Modernisation and Regional Development, Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, here today.
The text of her speech was read out by MARDI director-general Datuk Dr Mohamad Zabawi Abdul Ghani.
Haslina said MARDI has always ensured that each R&D project produces output that has been neatly screened for high value and competitiveness before being declared as a technology ready to be transferred to the target groups, either in the form of public use or commercialisation.
On the Sarawak Agroinvest programme, Haslina said it is a platform for MARDI to intensify promotional activities of the commercial technology and for this year’s edition, 12 commercial technologies were being showcased.
“Attendees will also be able to check out many as 20 applied technologies on display at the programme,” she said, adding that MAFI also hoped the programme can provide benefits to locals and farmers, especially in obtaining more information on the latest agricultural technologies developed by MARDI.
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