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Malaysia needs an agriculture focused university

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Agriculture is an overlooked sector by Malaysia with plenty of arable land. Taiwan with its small land can produce 80% cow milk from its high-tech poultry farms while Malaysia only produce 5% milk for local market. Thailand agriculture is also better developed than Malaysia.

I found China brought in new coconut and jack fruit species developed by Mardi to Hainan Island while our farmers have no interested or unaware on these new species.

There is golden opportunity to utilize rubber and oil palm plantation for mushroom and fungi cultivation to enhance income for smallholders and estate owners if there is proper guidance from the university and government.

UPM has lost its focus since 80th from its original goal on agriculture technology development.

A new agriculture university with 50:50 government and private funded and led by a private company is a better model because Malaysia public servants mostly will screw up the project.

Selangor Sultan: No need for new agriculture university

SERDANG: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, said Saturday that the proposed setting up of a new agriculture university was unnecessary.

He suggested that the allocation for the proposed project instead be channeled to Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on efforts to further develop high-technology agriculture.

“I want UPM to be a source of reference, to be a model for society and the industry in looking for the best aspects in terms of knowledge and research for the people’s well-being and prosperity,” he said in his speech at UPM’s 37th convocation here.

The sultan, who is UPM Chancellor, hoped UPM would intensify efforts to channel knowledge and expertise.

UPM, he said, played a direct role in enhancing food security through human resource development, supply and transfer of technology.

As such, he hoped the proposal to set up a Food Security Centre at the university would be considered by the Government as it was in tandem with UPM’s strategic plan

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Saturday the proposal to set up the university was discussed at the post Cabinet ministerial-level meeting last Wednesday and expected to be raised in the Cabinet next month.

He said the ministry did not propose to build a new building, which would incur millions of ringgit but would utilise existing facilities such as the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) in Serdang.

He noted that there used to be an agriculture-based institution known as University Pertanian Malaysia, which was now Universiti Putra Malaysia that no longer focused on agriculture.

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