Ongkili : Mardi crucial
in technology transfer
Saturday, 13 September 2003
SEPANGGAR: The Chief
Minister's Science and Technology Advisor Datuk Dr Maximus
Ongkili described the Malaysian Agricultural Development
Institute (Mardi) as a crucial catalyst in effecting technology
transfer in Sabah especially in agriculture and food processing
Speaking to New Sabah Times after
attending a briefing by Sabah Mardi director Mohamed bin
Hj Yaakob at his office in Sepanggar today, Ongkili said
Mardi was fulfilling its role effectively in developing
agricultural technology and transferring such innovations
to the private sector and farming communities.
"Mardi is famous for its perennial
R&D work on agriculture-related issues, particularly
agricultural productivity and food processing. The branch
office in Sabah acts essentially as a promoter of agricultural
technologies and skills provider in food processing as well
as coordinator of collaborative research between Sabah agencies
and Mardi Serdang.
"The range of technologies available
especially for food processing of all kinds are enormous.
Actually, there is hardly any food-related product that
Mardi doesnt have the necessary technology for processing.
"The challenge for Mardi is to disseminate
information and promote such innovations to the public through
technical seminars, training courses and promotional exhibitions
especially in the agricultural districts," he stressed.
Ongkili who is also Bandau MP and PBS deputy
president urged agricultural entrepreneurs to visit personally
or make contact with the Sabah Mardi office through its
website and examine the numerous types of food processing
technologies available for agribusiness.
He said modernisation of the agricultural
sector as stressed by Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman's Halatuju
will depend critically on the adoption of new technologies
and innovations in order to increase productivity, maketability
and business incomes of producers.