Johari visits agriculture entities on his official five-day Japan visit

TOKYO – Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul began his five-day trip to Japan Monday (3rd June) by visiting two Japanese agricultural technology and research entities.

Johari and the Malaysian parliament delegation visited the National Agriculture and Food Research Organisation in Tsukuba and met with Dr Kazuo Kazuo and his team.

Johari stated that Malaysia wished to improve the efficiency and productivity of its agriculture by cooperating with Japanese technology. Malaysia also hoped to learn from Japan the best practices in agriculture and to improve trade relations.

“I’m interested in Naro initiatives to promote collaborative activities and share information in order to help the international communities produce more food to respond to possible shortages.

He said, “We hope to gain a lot of knowledge from you, and we’ll certainly encourage other Asean nations to come learn from you, so we can benefit from the achievements you have made,” during the meeting.

Johari also received a briefing on the future prospects of smart agriculture from the Institute of Agricultural Machinery (Naro), as well as a new water management system for the field that uses ICT, by the Institute for Rural Engineering, Naro.

As an example, a demonstration of a robotic tractor with a remotely monitored system was held. This is a way to reduce labour costs and increase agricultural production.

During the three hour visit, the Malaysian delegation was also taken by the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences. (Jircas). They were briefed about collaborative research projects, including the sustainable replanting oil palm using scientific and technological innovations.

Johari also spoke about the potential of tappingioca to replace rice due to its nutritional value, and to solve the problem of the scarcity of rice in the country.

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