General : NAFAS inks MoU with Chinese companies to boost food security
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 -- The National Farmers Association (NAFAS) today signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs), including forging international cooperation with seven state-owned enterprises from China, to support the national food security agenda.
NAFAS chairman Datuk Zamri Yaakob said the cooperation would include SMART agriculture; new product development; agricultural mechanisation; and the use of drone technology.
“The paddy seeds produced using the technology from China are able to produce a higher yield of up to 20 metric tonnes. This will in turn help us (NAFAS) in realising the government’s target of achieving 75 per cent of the self-sufficiency level (SSL) of local rice production.
“Subsequently, this will reduce dependence on imported rice,” he said in his speech at a dinner event and launching of the 7th NAFAS Annual General Meet