September 19, 2023

Cash aid for the agricultural sector

BELURAN: Cash and equipment worth tens of millions of ringgits have been channeled to the agricultural sector affected by natural disasters, including floods, by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi).

His Minister Datuk Seri, Dr Ronald Kiandee, said the ministry was always vigilant and taking steps to reduce the impact of floods on crops and livestock through departments and agencies under Mafi.

“Disasters like floods always happen, but their scale varies. Last year, for example, the scale of the floods across the country was quite critical and impacted the agricultural and food sectors.

“This year we are ready to reduce the impact (of the floods),” he told reporters after the Semarak Tani Keluarga Malaysia program here yesterday.

Kiandee said that fishers, farmers and herders are important communities that the government should take care of in accordance with the National Agriculture and Food Policy to ensure national food security.

On Semarak Tani Keluarga Malaysia, Kiandee said the program includes products under Mafi to help improve rural agrifood communities and disseminate information about the latest government approaches and policies directly to local people.