By Noor Eszereen Juferi
Photo by Marina Ismail
Serdang, 27 June - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Agrobank have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in collaboration to create entrepreneurs among graduates of higher education institutions (IPT) in agriculture.
UPM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan, said the MoU with Agrobank is important to strengthen UPM efforts in encouraging students to venture into entrepreneurship.
"With the direct assistance from the financial institution, it will help these young graduates to shape the future of the country's agricultural sector," he said at the closing ceremony of Agropreneur Incubation Programme 2014 and UPM-Agrobank MoU signing here.
Agrobank President/Chief Executive Officer, Dato' Wan Mohd Fadzmi Wan Othman said, it is an important smart partnership in order to achieve common goals.
“The pact that has been forged with UPM is an important initiative to create a better synergy between academia and industry, particularly for the efforts of both sides to strengthen the country's agricultural industry and provide more opportunities for young people to pursue excellent career opportunities in agro-based business." he said.
Meanwhile, Agropreneur Incubation Programme has been initiated since 2012. The programme aims to generate entrepreneurs among graduates, especially in agriculture.
Among the modules offered are crops, aquaculture, livestock, food service management and ecotourism, and the programme is carried out for six (6) months.
Thus far, the programme has generated 83 incubation graduates between 2012 until 2013.
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