KANGAR: The state-of-the-art Seed Research and Development Centre will see co-operation between local and Chinese researchers on seed development.
The RM40mil centre, established by Sime Darby Bhd, would be built on an eight-hectare piece of land in Kampung Surau in Utan Aji.
The Chinese researchers would come from the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences. The groundbreaking ceremony was telecast live by RTM.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi followed the ground-breaking ceremony at Dewan 2020 here, where he had earlier launched the Northern Corridor Economic Region for Perlis.
After the groundbreaking ceremony, Abdullah witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Sime Darby Bhd and the academy.
Sime Darbys plantation and food division managing director Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid signed for the company while the academys signatory was its vice-president Prof Dr Zhang Lijian.
Abdullah said the world-class centre would produce the best seeds in the country that would enhance agriculture quality.
I hope with the use of the Perlis Seeds, it will not only reduce the cost of importing seeds, which can come up to about RM100mil per year, but also contribute to nations export, he said in his speech earlier.
Abdullah said Perlis was chosen by Sime Darby for the centre because of its conducive climate and its strategic location.
Earlier, during a talk held in conjunction with the launch of the NCER, National Seed Association Malaysia (NSAM) pro tem chairman Prof H.F. Chin said there was a need to set up a national seed bank to conserve genetic resources for plant breeding.
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