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​Brunei Darussalam and People's Republic of China enhance cooperation in the field of agriculture


The Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar and delegation were on a four-day working visit at the invitation of His Excellency Sun Zhengcai, the Minister of Agriculture , the People's Republic of China.
Brunei Darussalam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China to further enhance cooperation in the field of agriculture.

Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources signed on behalf of Brunei Darussalam. While on behalf of the government of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Sun Zhengcai, Agriculture Minister, inked on the agreement.

Yang Berhormat Pehin and his delegations met with Professor Yuan Longpin, dubbed as "Father of Hybrid Rice" in Hunan Province. He was a pioneer in hybrid rice research and made remarkable achievements in this area, first developing hybrid rice in the world.

The achievements of Professor Yuan Longpin greatly solved the food shortage, and provided as a solution the worldwide starvation. It is regarded as the fifth invention after China's Four Major Inventions, and is acclaimed as the Second Green Revolution. Yang Berhormat Pehin and his delegation had a fruitful discussion with Professor Yuan Longpin on Hybrid Rice Research.
Yang Berhormat Pehin and delegation left Hunan Province and continued the working visit in Guangxi Autonomous Region.

To enhance cooperation in the field of agriculture research, Yang Berhormat Pehin also witnessed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony in Cooperation in Field Crop Research and Development signed between the Department of Agriculture of Brunei Darussalam and Hunan Rice Research Institute of the People's Republic of China.
During their working four-day visit, the Brunei delegation visited local agricultural research intuitions, enterprises and food processing plants in China's Hunan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Yang Berhormat Pehin and his delegation also met with Bruneian Officers from the Department of Agriculture in Nannng, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The officers are currently attending the Training Course on Rice Breeding Technologies organised by Guangxi's Department of Agriculture.

Borneo Bulletin Online, May 5, 6 & 7, 2009