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SERDANG, April 2 -- The Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute (MARDI) will introduce new variety of paddy seeds that are suitable for soil conditions in Sabah and Sarawak next year.
Its director-general Datuk Dr Mohamad Roff Mohd Noor said the institute was currently conducting big-scaled research to ensure the paddy seeds would have resistance against diseases and suitable for the soil and weather conditions.
“Prior to this, we (MARDI) had produced the MR2 98 paddy seed, which is a coloured paddy to be planted in Sarawak.
“The production of new variety of paddy seeds will help to increase paddy cultivation and spur the rice production industry as well as farmers’ income,” he said at a press conference after launching four books by MARDI’s research officers in conjunction with #MARDIMembaca Campaign here today.
Mohamad Roff said that, to date, MARDI had produced 53 types of paddy seeds for farmers nationwide.
He said MARDI was proud of its production of paddy seeds and that, as of now, 90 per cent of the seeds planted nationwide was the result of the institute’s research.
“After 10 to 12 years of research, MARDI recently produced two varieties of paddy seeds, namely Seri Waja (MR315) and Kembang Sari (MRQ104),” he said.
On the inaugural #MARDIMembaca Campaign, he said it would be held as an annual event in line with the 2021-2030 National Reading Decade programme and to cultivate the reading habit among MARDI’s staff.
He said that MARDI had published 152 titles, 1,333 refereed articles and 1,925 scientific articles during the 11th Malaysia Plan.
“For the 12th Malaysia Plan, we are targeting 2,500 refereed articles and 3,000 scientific articles (to be published),” he said.