Serdang - Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies, University Putra Malaysia (UPM) endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry (MOA) on 11 June 2007 (Monday), at the Main Hall, Pusat Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, UPM.
YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin, the Minister for Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry (MOA) was also there to witness the memorable MoU and participated in a dialoque function between UPM dan MOA.
The objective of the memorandum of understanding is to discuss on the partnership prospect between both institutions and to build a strong collaboration in research projects and agricultural development that are related to the nation's agricultural development. Furthermore, the MoU is hoped to promote UPM as the leading research university in agriculture.
Prof. Datuk Dr Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, UPM Vice Chancellor said, the ceremony posed as a historic moment for UPM as the agricultural development university, as officially announced by YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister. Furthermore, it upgraded UPM image as the leading research university in agriculture.
The memorable event was also attended by a work group from the Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry (MOA) and other national agricultural agencies which shows that UPM has proven over and over again that agriculture has always been the core business for UPM.
A briefing session entitled ‘UPM as the Centre for Agricultural Excellence' was also held to further explain on the UPM functions and contributions on the agricultural sector in this country.
It was followed by a Question and Answer session between UPM and MOA regarding the achievements and commitment of UPM in agriculture. The session managed to eliminate any queries and confusion among the community with regards to any UPM efforts on agriculture.
In this ceremony, UPM also held an exhibition on the research and development output (R&D) that was related to agriculture. Among them were products that are already being commercialized, products that have the potential to be commercialized, latest research outcome and also graduate studies and foundation in agriculture.