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Nov 1, 2010

Borneo - Sarawak State Gov't Taps China to Help Develop Its Rubber Seeds

On 1 November 2010 the Borneo Post reported that the state government in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo had agreed to work with Chinese experts to set up a tropical seed development center in Kuching which would "pave the way for biotechnology and tissue culture."

The project is a joint venture between the state government in Sarawak's Agriculture Department, the Farmers’ Organisation and China-based Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group Co Ltd.  Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said the joint arrangement "might last for between 25 and 30 years, and that the project cost had yet to be determined."

The goal is to plant up to 10,000 hectares of high quality rubber trees in Betong and Saratok.  These are to be processed in the Guangdong factory commissioned in November 2009. 

For more see:  Pim, Lim How.  "China expertise for seed centre," Borneo Post, 1 November 2010.

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