KUCHING: Research officers are urged to direct their focus on applied research and solve the challenges faced by farmers, agropreneurs and stakeholders.

Sarawak Agriculture Department acting director Dr Alvin Chai said with less emphasis on pure research, researchers could be more focused on tackling modern day problems.

“We must adopt and adapt existing technologies and research findings along with avoiding duplication of research to save resources,” he said at the Research Officers Progress Meeting (ROPM) at a hotel here yesterday.

“We should also outsource certain aspect of research activities such as lab analysis services, and research findings must be translatable into action, which will benefit the farming community.”

He also urged researchers to work closely with other divisions and branches, especially on crop extension and basic farming industry (IAT).

Dr Abdul Rahman (centre) and others look at a poster while being briefed by a researcher. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

On ROPM, Dr Alvin said the programme was an annual event for Research from Crop Research Division, Inland Fisheries Division and Soil Management Branch of Department of Agriculture, Sarawak.

“The objectives of this meeting are for the research officers to present their research findings for the benefit of officers in the department and the progress of their current research projects.

“This is a three-day programme. Twelve oral papers and 10 posters covering various disciplines will be presented.

“I hope all of you will participate actively in the deliberations. Please do browse through the posters for the next few days while you are here,” he said.

The ROPM is attended by 95 officers — 90 from the Agriculture Department, three from Ministry of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, and two from Department of Agriculture Sabah.

Also present yesterday were Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Ismail and Regional Development head and representative of Agriculture Modernisation Ministry acting permanent secretary Salmah Jobell.