Costa Rica and Indonesia explore agricultural research cooperation

The National Agency for Research and Innovation and the Costa Rican Embassy in Indonesia are exploring research cooperation in agriculture. The embassy seeks to explore the potential for technological research, Costa Rican Ambassador to Indonesia Esteban Quiros Salazar said in a statement posted Monday on the official BRIN website.

Costa Rica is also keen to establish a relationship with Indonesia in research and development to improve the quality of crops, especially rice, he added. Salazar visited BRIN’s facility in Pasar Jumat, South Jakarta, last week. During the visit, he toured the BRIN irradiator facility and agriculture as well as the agricultural experiment planting area.

During the Ambassador’s Reception, the Director of BRIN’s Radiation Process Technology Research Center (PRTOR), Irawan Sugoro, informed that the agency had conducted a number of research activities related to the ‘agriculture.

One of these researches involves plant breeding using the technique of radiation mutation to produce new varieties such as superior varieties of corn, rice, soybeans and sorghum. Separately, BRIN also conducts animal research, which includes irradiated vaccines and animal feed supplements as well as RIA (radioimmunoassay) or IRMA (immunoradiometric assay) kits for animal reproduction, he said. .

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Lana T. Arthur