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BEBC Malaysia invites Chinese agriculture players to Sabah

Chenfgdu, CHINA: BIMP-Eaga Business Council Malaysia (BEBC Malaysia) has extended invitation to Chinese leaders, agriculture researchers as well as businessmen to come and invest in the agriculture sector in Sabah.

BEBC Malaysia Chairman Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed said Sabah’s growers needed to be told about China’s agricultural development experience as well as its achievements.

BEBC Malaysia chairman Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed delivering his speech at the 7th China Chengdu International Urban Modern Agricultural Expo (IUMAE) 2019. SNT Pix/Credit BEBC Malaysia

“China is welcome to promote your agriculture technology whilst tropicalising the temperate trees like Pawlounia, for example.”

“Your experts can do studies and demonstrate plants and trees cultivation to further diversify the product line,” he said at the 7th China Chengdu International Urban Modern Agricultural Expo (IUMAE) 2019 on invitation from the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, here recently.

According to Roselan since China’s introduction of the opening-up policy 40 years ago, Chengdu has become the most vibrant and entrepreneurial city in western China.

He said that with a regional GDP exceeding 1.53 trillion yuan (approx. 228 billion USD) in 2018, Chengdu rivals Finland, a country ranked 42nd in the world in terms of this key economic indicator.

Chengdu has been the undisputed leader in western China with 285 of the top 500 global companies having an office or some form of representations there.

“With a more open-minded approach and a world-class business environment, Chengdu is creating huge development opportunities for global investors as well as local Chinese companies venturing out of Chengdu under the One Belt, One Road Initiatives.

Invited guests from China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Malaysia at the 7th China Chengdu International Urban Modern Agricultural Expo (IUMAE) 2019, also simply known as AGRO-Chengdu at the Chengdu Century City New International Convention & Exhibition Center, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. SNT Pix/Credit BEBC Malaysia

“Over the past 2000 years, Chinese have developed many sophisticated and sustainable agriculture ecosystems without knowing about it.

“A good example that we must learn is the famous fish-mulberry tree-silk cycle. This cycle is a multiple cycles of recycling on the used of the same land,” he said.

Meanwhile, the IUMAE, a China-based agricultural products fair has created a leading platform featuring high-quality projects and technology introduction services, with the aim of facilitating win-win results for international buyers.

Over the past six years, the event has recorded on-site turnover of more than 5.3 billion yuan (approx. 790 million USD).

It boast attendees from over 40 countries and regions, more than 250 visits by delegations from across China as well as signed contracts for more than 860 agricultural projects valued at over 152 billion yuan (approx. 22.6 billion USD). 

This year’s China Chengdu IUMAE 2019 featured exhibition booths grouped by agricultural technological achievement, many of which have proven transformative both in and outside of China, as well as firms seeking to collaborate on agricultural projects, international logistics and trade of agricultural commodities.

Roselan (six from right) and State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong (seven from left) with Sabah delegates at the event in Chengdu. SNT Pix/Credit BEBC Malaysia

Apart from the 7th China Chengdu IUMAE 2019 (also known as AGRO-Chengdu), there were two other on-going exhibitions namely, 17th China International Dairy Expo 2019 and the 4th China Agriculture Technology Transfer Fair 2019.

As a result, Roselan said BEBC Malaysia will be collaborating with China Agricultural University in Beijing to organise a “Rural Development and Management Studies” and a “Agricultural Economics and Management” programmes that are targeted to students and professionals from Sabah.

Further details on these programmes will be provided later.

Also present during the 3-in-1 Chengdu Agriculture event were BEBC Malaysia Executive Secretary Junzuenn Basalan and the Sabah delegates from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry Sabah led by Minister Datuk Junz Wong, Permanent Secretary Dr Mariana Tinggal, KPD General Manager Jamilah Lee, Jabatan Pertanian Sabah Senior Officer Mohd Jasli Dingle, Sabah-China Chamber of Commerce Trade and Investment Cluster Philip Dennis Chang, Borneo Aqua Harvest Bhd CEO Datuk Lo Fui Ming and Bahvest Resources Bhd Director Chong Tzu Khen.-SabahNewsToday