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June 19, 2007

More collaborations in agro research between Malaysia And Iran
Malaysia is keen to see more collaborations between Malaysian and Iranian agricultural research institutes especially in the field of biotechnology, Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said June 19.

Muhyiddin, who is leading his ministry's delegation on a five-day visit to Iran beginning Monday, said Malaysia would propose greater cooperation in research activities between the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) and the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII).

He said Malaysia would propose that the cooperations be carried out under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Agricultural Cooperation to be signed by both countries on June 21.

"We believe there are areas where we can cooperate together," he told reporters after visiting the Iranian institute and was briefed on its research activities by its Director-General Dr Seyyed Mojtaba Khayam Nekouei.

Muhyiddin said Malaysia had also identified the areas of mutual interest to both Malaysia and Iran in the field of agriculture for closer cooperation.

"Iran has a lot of expertise and scientists (in agriculture) that Malaysia can learn from especially their new technologies," he said.

ABRII was established in 1998 and has six research departments and three regional institutes.

Later, he visited the 82-year old Razi Vaccine and Serum Institute which has more than 75 years of experience in research and production of biologicals, including a great variety of medical and veterinary vaccines.

With a production of over 3.5 million doses of 60 different biological products including bacterial, viral and parasitic veterinary and medical vaccines, Razi institute is one of the biggest vaccine manufacturer in the world.

Muhyiddin later toured the Sahar Dairy Products Complex where the company produces milk and cheese and other dairy products.

The minister was accompanied by Malaysian Ambassador to Iran Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan and a delegation comprising senior officials of the ministry. Bernama

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