Costa Rica and Indonesia explore agricultural research cooperation

The National Research and Innovation Agency and the Costa Rican Embassy in Indonesia are exploring research cooperation in the field of agriculture. The embassy is seeking to explore technology research potential, Ambassador of Costa Rica to Indonesia, Esteban Quiros Salazar, said in a statement posted on BRIN's official website on Monday.

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 took a tour of BRIN's irradiator facility and agriculture as well as farming experimentation plantation area.

While receiving the ambassador, the head of BRIN's Radiation Process Technology Research Center (PRTOR), Irawan Sugoro, informed that the agency has carried out a number of agriculture-related research activities.

One such research involves plant breeding using the radiation mutation technique to produce new varieties such as superior corn, rice, soybeans, and sorghum varieties. In addition, BRIN is also conducting research on animals, which covers irradiated vaccines and animal feed supplements as well as RIA (radioimmunoassay) or IRMA (immunoradiometric assay) kits for animal reproduction, he informed.

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