Chiba University to help develop agriculture


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jul 2003

TOKYO: Malaysia has accepted an offer by Chiba University to develop the country's agricultural sector using biotechnology. 

Taking up the offer “on the spot,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad said a team would be sent to work out the details soon.  

He said Malaysia would gain immensely from this venture as it would modernise farming methods through R & D.  

“This co-operation will especially benefit the rural sector as it will bring about better yields and produce. This is a new area of co-operation between the two countries,” he told Malaysian journalists at the university here after a visit and briefing at its Faculty of Horticulture at the end of his three-day visit to Japan. 

Abdullah thanked faculty dean Hiroshi Amano and said Malaysia would waste no time in working out this partnership as it was important for the Malaysian agricultural sector. 

On his visit, he said the Japanese Government and corporate leaders had reacted very positively to his commitment to continue with Malaysia's policies after he takes over in November. 

“They assured me that they will remain committed to playing a key role in Malaysia's development. They would like to extend their co-operation to all sectors,” he said. 

Abdullah said the leaders told him that Malaysia had “graduated” and should now look towards “post-graduate” management of the country in all sectors. 

“I am very satisfied with the visit,” he added. 

Earlier, after two days of displaying his serious side, Abdullah showed his lighter side when addressing members of the Japanese Press Club here. 

Asked by a journalist why so few Malaysians visited Japan compared with the large number of Japanese tourists to Malaysia, Abdullah said: “It's simple. Japan is too expensive to visit. It's not that we don't like you. 

He said Japanese couples intending to marry could do so in Malaysia to save money. “You come to Malaysia and get married. I am not saying marry our girls; bring your girlfriends and hold your weddings there.”  

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