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Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform partake in the seven-day Expository Tour and Masterclass in Malaysia to enhance their knowledge through benchmarking with Malaysia’s agriculture sector from December 17-23.

The primary objective of this activity is to furnish a comprehensive and enlightening platform through the combined avenues of the expository tour and masterclass. The initiative offers a profound exploration into diverse subject matters crucial to the Ministry and its stakeholders that will be facilitated by MAHA SF.

At least 15 officials undergone benchmarking visits to provide an opportunity for the participants to learn from Malaysian experts in the field and understand the best practices, innovations, and emerging trends in agriculture.

During the benchmarking activities, the participants attended masterclass for halal delivered conducted by Tawafuq Consultancy Sdn Bh in collaboration with the International Institute for Halal Research & Training (INHART), International Islamic
University Malaysia (IUM), Tour to ministry and government agencies that are related to agriculture presentations that showcase innovative strategies, research initiatives, and sustainable practices within the agricultural sector and they have engaged in discussions to explore potential areas of collaboration and knowledge sharing with experts in the agricultural sector.

Meanwhile, Minister Mohammad S. Yacob, Ph.D., together with the MAFAR official, met with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and discussed the mission vision of MARDI, know the different fields of experts MARDI has, transfer technology experts, field visits, and an open discussion and sharing.

Deputy Director Aniadila Binti Kamaruddin said

MARDI is the backbone of Malaysia when it comes to agricultural research and development towards sustainable food security.

Minister Yacob said, “MAFAR is the backbone of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao regarding agri-fishery economy and sustainable food security.

He said that MAFAR also focuses on research-based products to enhance product quality and become pillars of economic development in the Philippines.

“MAFAR will devote its remaining years of the BARMM Transition period to making all programs a research-based approach,” he emphasized.

Minister Yacob also commenced the strong Philippines and Malaysia relations and appreciated the continued support of the Malaysian government to the Bangsamoro region.

With this, in the possible future, MARDI is open to the idea of having an MOU with BARMM through MAFAR.