GEMAS: The government will push for more joint ventures between local meat producers and foreign investors to increase meat production in the country.
The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA) Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said local meat production at present could only meet about 24 percent of local demand, with the rest had to be imported.
“We have to import more than 70 percent of the country’s meat supply to ensure an adequate supply of meat.
“For the next five years, the ministry will encourage all local industry players to collaborate with foreign investors so that the country’s meat industry can grow. This is better than importing large amounts of meat,” he said at the opening ceremony of the Mega Agro Carnival Parliament Tampin here today.
Also present were Tampin member of Parliament Datuk Dr Hasan Bahrom and State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry chairman Bakri Sawir.
Salahuddin said the effort was one of the initiatives outlined under the new MOA direction, expected to be launched early next year.
“The MOA’s new direction will ensure that the right guidance can be provided to ministries, departments and other agencies to enhance the agricultural sector. This is to ensure an adequate food supply for the people,” he said.
Salahuddin said the new direction would also improve the livelihood of farmers in the country.
He said the ministry was also planning to boost the production of quality fruits and vegetables for export, as well as improving the fishing industry.
Salahuddin said under the new direction, the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) would be asked to set up a hypermarket for local agricultural products.