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Adham Baba: MOSTI ready to implement 27 technology solutions to help tackle food security issue in the country

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Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that the ministry is now ready to implement a total of 27 out of 46 technology solutions to help curb the food security issue in the country.

According to Bernama, he said the solutions were divided into several clusters, including seeds; biofertiliser and booster hormones; drone and robotics use; testing services and Internet of All Things apps; aquaculture and livestock feed.

Apart from that, he said the solutions being prioritised are fertigation system automation, vertical agriculture and aquaponics combined with artificial intelligence, and reduce operational costs using nano solar panels.

Adham Baba said these measures could boost the agro farming industry and ensure the agro-food industry’s continued development.

“The cluster the ministry is boosting together with the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry is part of our assignment, which is to use the latest technology.”

“We have also collaborated with technology suppliers who have created awareness on how it can be used directly and indirectly,” he said.

Meanwhile, the minister also said that efforts to develop corp-related technology will continue, involving operators, industry players and academicians to help tackle national current issues immediately.

“We will continue to develop indigenous technology or those we can collaborate with international parties.”

“Currently, 27 technology solutions are ready, we have proof and have exhibited and can be deployed or implemented, especially biofertiliser technology where the cost of biofertilisers can be reduced compared to current methods,” he said.

Malaysia is currently facing a food security issue following the supply chain disruptions globally and the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

In response to the issue, Adham Baba said his ministry had last month offered a list of technology inventory that could be immediately for the purpose. He added that the ministry has the expertise of over 800 Malaysian Science Academy scientists who could also be tapped to identify and match the best solutions based on technology.

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