Ironwood Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Institute Agro Usahawan (iGrow) for the provision of training to Malaysian students and workers in the agribusiness sector. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Hon Leon Bignell, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries & other high ranked Malaysian government officials at Hotel Mandarin Oriental on 27 July 2016 .
This understanding starts a new partnership between Australian and Malaysian training institutes that specialise in agribusiness and horticulture training.
The alliance initially shaped up at the Government of South Australian Department of State Development offices in Adelaide where they were supported by various organisations including the Honorary Consul of Malaysia in South Australia, Study Adelaide, ACPET, 4 ways Fresh, and the Primary Industries Skills Council of SA.
To further the progress of this new formed alliance between Ironwood and iGrow, Navtej Bal CEO of Ironwood travelled to Malaysia to celebrate this collaboration along with the Department of State Development delegation which has opened doors for other bigger opportunities including interests from other Malaysian government organisations and the Higher Education sector to work together in the field of Agribusiness training.
The Ironwood and iGrow alliance intends to develop co-operation and collaboration in research, training and education. They aim to explore opportunities for the delivery of specific projects relating to training and education services, master class training, study tours, on-farm research and development across a range of subject matters and disciplines including organic farming, hydroponics, aquaculture, crop agronomy and farming systems development, livestock production, agriculture tourism and crop husbandry.