Enza Zaden Asia, Southeast Asia’s first R&D facility in Malaysia, expands agricultural seed research to the region

(From left to right) Mr. Sivasuriyamoorthy Sundara Raja, Mrs. Nor Sam Alwi, Mr. Jaap Mazereeuw and His Excellency Aart Jacobi, Mr. Pankaj Malik Mr. Sivasuriyamoorthy Sundara Raja presided over the inauguration of the Enza Zaden facilities.

Maintaining global food security

Global players are urged to diversify into value-added activities in the agriculture and food processing industries. ”

—Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman

PERAK, MALAYSIA, April 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Enza Zaden Asia Sdn. Bhd., the leading Dutch vegetable breeding company, announced the completion of its first research and development (R&D) infrastructure facility in Southeast Asia in Perak, Malaysia. This milestone expands Enza Zaden’s network in vegetable seed research and agricultural development through its 45 subsidiaries and three joint ventures in 25 countries. The Malaysia-based R&D facility is intended to supply agricultural seed markets in 12 countries in the region and beyond, ultimately enabling farmers around the world to grow high-quality vegetables, for the daily consumption of more than 450 million people worldwide.

Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) responded positively: “Global players are urged to diversify into value-added activities in the agriculture and food processing industries. By leveraging Malaysia’s business ecosystem and our established local supply chain, it is an ideal destination for companies wishing to establish regional production hubs while enabling the country to strengthen its agricultural-based food production. The Enza Zaden R&D Center contributes significantly to the national aspiration to implement smart agriculture through the use of sustainable agricultural technologies and raw materials in line with the national framework for food security and global initiatives for vegetable proteins to reduce carbon emissions.

“The growing opportunities in the manufacturing of high-value food products will help Malaysian talents gain knowledge of new processes and product development, in addition to increasing exports of Malaysian-made food products,” he said. he adds.

In 2016, Enza Zaden received BioNexus status from the Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (Bioeconomy Corporation), an economic development agency under the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) that provides support and facilitation to boost biotechnology and bio-industries in the country.

Mr. Mohd Khairul Fidzal Abdul Razak, CEO of Bioeconomy Corporation, said, “Enza Zaden is the first global seed player to receive BioNexus status in Malaysia. With the establishment of this R&D center, we believe the company could develop innovative seed varieties suitable for tropical climate and soil conditions. We are confident that the research results from this R&D center will benefit and uplift local farmers in addition to contributing to national food security. We will continue to support the business and look forward to its future success in adding value to the global seed industry.”

The modernization of agricultural activities in Malaysia provides farmers with good accessibility to obtain sustainable raw materials. Ongoing research efforts to identify and modify seed varieties suited to local soil and climatic conditions are essential to ensure an adequate supply of vegetables, fruits and crops in the regions. A robust local food production ecosystem would also improve food processing industries, enabling them to better manage high import costs and food safety requirements.

The company’s latest investment in Sauk is built with a conducive working environment as well as state-of-the-art R&D research and seed processing facilities. Mr. Jaap Mazereeuw, CEO of Enza Zaden, said: “As part of our initiatives to serve Southeast Asian farmers well, we have recognized that research and breeding under local conditions is imperative. to facilitate sustainable agricultural systems. After a thorough analysis, Enza’s board of directors decided to invest in Malaysia by having an R&D farm of more than 20 hectares. We are committed to empowering many small vegetable growers in the region. Our goal is to bring them solutions and opportunities and make them smile again.”

Mr. Pankaj Malik, Regional Director of Enza Zaden Asia, added, “The establishment of a new office and the presence of a dedicated R&D team with local experience and knowledge will help identify the needs of local growers. and the local market. This allows us to develop the best performing varieties, fully adapted to the local (climatic) conditions.”

Enza Zaden has invested over RM100 million in Malaysia and employed over 100 local workers at its existing facilities. The company’s technical training helps build the capacity of Malaysia’s agricultural workforce, preparing them for future ready skills. As part of its commitment to promote agricultural technical knowledge among young people, Enza Zaden also offers internship opportunities for students through its partnership with local universities as well as an education sponsorship program for students, helping thus the agricultural industry of the country to flourish.

Manjit Kaur
Malaysian Investment Development Authority
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