Networking dinner connects Sarawak, Dutch agro power players
Posted on : 28 Jul 2022  Source of News: Borneo Post

(From row) Dr Rundi (center), Martin (third left), Nadzira (left), Edwin (third right) and other attendees of the networking dinner between Sarawak and Belgium agriculture players earlier this week.

HOLLAND (July 28): More than 50 guests from corporations in the Netherlands were connected with the movers and shakers of Sarawak during an agriculture industry networking dinner in Holland earlier this week.

The guest of honour was Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, joined by Deputy Minister Maclaine Ben, Permanent Secretary Datu Edwin Abit and Ambassador of Malaysia to the Netherlands Datuk Nadzirah Osman.

The dinner was hosted by Sarawak-Dutch company Agro Machtigen Sdn Bhd, who are working with these Dutch corporations in various partnerships in the agriculture industry.

Dr Rundi commented that agriculture in the Netherlands provides perspective for Sarawak.

“The focus on public-private-community partnership (PPCP) model is crucial to transform Sarawak’s Agro landscape into a market driven economy that will empower all stratum of society,” he said in a statement.

“Combined with empowered human capital skills, mindset & relevant agri technology that we will study to build a strong Agri-Food supply chain back home.”

Dr Rundi noted that agro power players coming out in full force during this business event was testimony of the enthusiasm of the Dutch towards Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Nadzirah  added that the agriculture model embraced by the Netherlands is truly one of its kind where it aims to strike a balance between exports without compromising the aspects of its own food security.

“Certainly, Malaysia can learn and emulate the Dutch best agricultural practices, especially through the successful cooperative models, and the emphasis given on protecting the entire value chain by industry players, with little government intervention,” she added.

Among attendees from Corporate Holland during this dinner includes Nijsen (sustainable animal feed and aquaculture), Hoogendoorn (agriculture automation solutions specialising in greenhouses and horticulture), Vrebamelkvee BV (livestock and dairy), Port of Rotterdam and Wageningen University, to name a few.

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