SERDANG, Nov 30 – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Sunday, the agriculture sector will continue to be enhanced to make it among the major contributors of the economy. The deputy premier said agriculture’s contribution may not be as big as before but its importance is in line with the government’s commitment to ensure food security.
“With a growing population, I believe that agriculture will continue to be an important economic sector for the country,” he said when closing the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism Show (MAHA) 2014 here. Also present were Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his deputy, Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
He said the ministry’s initiatives to modernise agriculture via the latest technologies and innovations would be continued. “The rate of technology commercialisation in agriculture is at 14 percent, higher than the national average of 7 percent, with value of of RM1.5 billion. Muhyiddin said the application of technology would increase production adding it could be achieved by collaborating with institutions of higher education.
He also wants the slogan ‘Agriculture is Business’ be fully understood by farmers that have a role in the economic development of the country. “Farmers and fishermen need not worry as agriculture will remain as a key economic sector. Keep up the good work by introducing technology and innovation.”