Developing a high-tech harvester among Research Council’s first task

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

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KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, on Sunday night said he has given the state’s newly formed Research Council its first few tasks and high on the list is the research and development of an oil palm fruit harvesting machine that could automatically detect ripe fresh fruit bunches (FFBs).

The chief minister said he has “personally instructed” the Research Council to develop the prototype harvester jointly with Swinburne University.

Another joint research he had instructed the council to jointly embark with Swinburne University’s main campus in Australia was in cancer research – to search for protein materials among the state’s rich biodiversity resources.

The protein should be able to replace human DNA protein.

The chief minister said the identification of such a protein and its extraction could bear great significance to the continuing search for the treatment of cancer.

The Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research, Datuk Seri Michael Manyin, chairs the Research