THE Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry has allocated more than RM43.5 million to boost Terengganu’s agriculture sector and develop its agrofood industry this year.
Minister Ronald Kiandee said the allocation was channelled to the state government through various departments and agencies under the ministry for the implementation of various projects, programmes and initiatives, across all subsectors, including padi and rice, fisheries, crops and livestock.
“The agrofood sector is also facing various challenges, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic, which to some extent, disrupted the smoothness and stability of the country’s food supply chain,” he said at the opening ceremony of the state-level Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Day at Dataran Pekan Jabi in Jertih today.
“In this regard, the government is committed to ensuring that the country’s food supply remains intact through continuous synergies with the state government.
“Therefore, close cooperation with the Terengganu government will be continued to implement well-planned initiatives.”
Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar officiated at the ceremony. Also present was state Agriculture, Food Industry, Plantation, Commodity and Rural Development Committee chairman Azman Ibrahim.
Ronald said the government, through the framework of the National Agrofood Policy 2021-2030, always strives to transform the agrofood sector into a sustainable, resilient and high-tech sector.
In this regard, he called on farmers, breeders and fishermen, especially the younger generation, to support the government’s efforts to bring modern technologies such as the use of internet of things, digitalisation, mechanisation and automation to the agrofood sector.
Samsuri, in his speech, said 37% of the land in Terengganu is reserved for agriculture, but there are still 8,310.82ha of the total that has yet to cultivated.
“Therefore, the state government’s intention for land use can be optimised through the involvement of private companies and government-linked companies, farmers, entrepreneurs, youth and the B40 group in the agricultural sector,” he said. – Bernama, June 23, 2022.