Jakarta (ANTARA) - Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman called on the Agricultural Instrument Standardization Agency (BSIP) to collaborate with agricultural researchers from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) to strengthen efforts in supporting strategic agricultural programs.

"BSIP and BRIN should no longer have barriers. There should be no more permits in coordination. They are a unity," he remarked in a press statement from his office on Monday.

Sulaiman made this statement at the synergy and collaboration meeting of the Agriculture Ministry and BRIN to support strategic agricultural development programs at the Sadikin Sumintawikarta Main Auditorium, Bogor City, West Java.

The minister expressed hope that the performance of the two institutions would support strategic agricultural programs in Indonesia.

He also affirmed that BRIN researchers are welcome to start working again within the Ministry of Agriculture. They are also welcome to organize the room at the office after several years of abandonment.

"They can reorganize their work space. I will increase the budget later. Once again, please collaborate for the sake of this nation. Today, I issued a permit for researchers to access the Ministry of Agriculture, and we must be visionary to achieve our big dream of becoming a global food barn," Sulaiman emphasized.

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On the same occasion, Head of BSIP, Fadjri Djufri, stated that the role of agricultural researchers would strengthen the performance of the agricultural sector to realize self-sufficiency and make Indonesia as the world's food barn.

Meanwhile, BRIN deputy Mego Pinandito expressed his readiness to follow the directions of Minister Sulaiman to monitor the sustainability of agricultural development in future, including through research development for superior seeds throughout Indonesia.

"We will continue the work of our research fellows at the Ministry of Agriculture. In particular, there is a lot of information that we can use as research activities," he remarked.

Currently, there are 1,300 agricultural researchers possessing high level of research abilities based at BRIN and were into agricultural research and development.

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Translator: Muhammad Harianto Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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