9 November 2020 (Monday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sarawak State Government via Department Sarawak Forest (FDS) to collaborate in the research and development (R&D) of pest and disease management of forest plantations in the state.
The documents was signed by Director General (DG) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah representing FRIM and FDS by its Director, Datu Hamden Mohammad, while FRIM Forest Biodiversity Director Dr Lillian Chua and FDS Deputy Director Jack Liam signed the MOU as witnesses.
|FRIM participates the MOU ceremony virtually.||Marzalina (middle) with the MOU document signed.|
The ceremony, held in conjunction with the opening of the Industrial Forest Plantation Seminar (IPF) in Miri, Sarawak on 4 November, was officiated by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
FRIM DG and Deputy DG (Research) Dato’ Dr Marzalina Mansor and other FRIM representatives also participated in the ceremony virtually.
The main scopes of cooperation include R&D in assessing the effects of pest and diseases attacks as well as the link between silvicultural and forest plantation management practices towards increasing productivity.
This collaboration is a significant long-term strategy for FRIM in assisting the state government, especially FDS and Licence for Planted Forests (LPF) holders to achieve their plantation and productivity targets.