Bernas' monopoly ends
June 05, 2018
Pakatan Harapan's Agriculture Ministry has been applauded for doing what many successive BN governments have failed to do – breaking up Padiberas Nasional Bhd's (Bernas) monopoly of rice imports.
It took Agriculture Minister Salahuddin Ayub just two weeks on the job to end years of the company making huge profits for its shareholders at the expense of rice farmers and consumers
First four members of National Agriculture Advisory Council named
June 05, 2018
The first four members of the National Agriculture Advisory Council, who will help the Government raise the level of national food security and agricultural exports, were named Tuesday (June 5).
They are Dagang NeXchange Bhd chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Mamat, Leong Hup International Sdn Bhd executive director Tan Sri Francis Lau Tuang Nguang, Universiti Putra Malaysia Institute of Agriculture and Food Policy Studies director Datin Paduka Dr Fatimah Mohd Arshad and entrepreneur Mohd Najib Asaddok.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub, who announced the names during a press conference at his Ministry here Tuesday, said their involvement was expected to contribute substantially to the ministry and to achieve the objectives set out.
"The selection of these figures is appropriate in making recommendations to the Ministry as the country still has a national food safety level that is dependent on imports and on boosting agricultural exports," he said.
Guarantee people's basic food needs and taking care of the welfare of farmers
May 10, 2018
The Pakatan Harapan Government will re-evaluate Malaysia’s Food Security Policy and create a better policy that makes full use of modern agricultural technology. Farmers will be assisted in accessing new technologies, particularly in the cultivation of rice, vegetables, raw materials, poultry, meat and fisheries.
Our goal is to ensure Malaysia becomes a country that can guarantee self- sufficiency even in times of crisis.
In the first two years of our administration, we will give emphasis to the country's main staple food namely rice.
Pakatan Harapan takes note of the demands from Badan Bertindak Selamatkan Industri Padi Beras Negara and we promise to help paddy farmers nationwide with the aim of making the rice industry more productive and ensure the welfare of paddy farmers.
The monopoly granted by UMNO and Barisan Nasional to BERNAS will be removed and our Government will ensure that there is supervision at every stage of rice production.
The goal of our Government is to ensure that the maximization of the country's rice supply and that our stocks will give priority to local rice.
To guarantee the welfare of farmers, the Pakatan Harapan Government will control the influx of imported rice and take stern actions against rice smuggling. Border control will be beefed up and corrupt officers will face serious disciplinary action.
We will establish a complaint mechanism of in the Agriculture Ministry so that farmers who have been mistreated can have direct access to the government.
Distribution of subsidies will be managed by the appropriate government agency and not by companies with vested interest like BERNAS. The mechanism of payment and the rate of subsidies for paddy prices will be revised to ensure a fairer system.
Government grants will be made in cash to the eligible farmers to enable them to choose their own fertilizers and seeds that are appropriate to their needs.
The Pakatan Harapan Government will protect and safeguard the welfare of farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen with the introduction of a Takaful scheme.
Some farmers and breeders suffer misfortune when there is bad weather or disease attacks against their livestock and crops. The Pakatan Harapan Government will provide assistance to guarantee the income of farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen when such a disaster struck.
Attention will be given to the rubber tappers who face drastic price reduction for reasons that are beyond their control. Rubber buffer stock will be created to ensure stability in the market.
The Pakatan Harapan Government will eliminate manipulation of middlemen on farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen.