Wednesday, 9 August 2017

(The Star) Growth in agriculture sector a boost for Melaka

MELAKA: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in the state is poised for a growth of between four to five percent, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said the state projected the growth in the industry by 2018 with the entry of a range of new agriculture and agro-based products into the local market.

“Apart from the hospitality and manufacturing industries, we are looking into the agriculture and agro-based industry as another source of revenue for the state,” he said after launching the 2017 Melaka level Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen Day (HPPN) celebration at MITC in Ayer Keroh here.

Idris said the state is eyeing food exports in the future by focusing on the development of the agricultural sector and encourage young entrepreneurs to venture into the farming sector.

“Agriculture is a key component in achieving our goal of becoming a self-reliant state in terms of generating revenue.

“A structural transformation will bring about commercial production that could help boost the state’s economy,” he said.

Idris said the state is also working to promote a vibrant industry for agricultural by-products such as fertiliser, as well as provide logistics and infrastructure that will revolutionise the industry.

“We need to transform the agricultural sector to add value to locally produced products” he said.

Idris noted that engaging the youth was important as the agriculture and agro-based industry needs them to implement strategic measures apart from expanding entrepreneurial opportunities to those keen to be self-employed.

“There is a need for innovation in agriculture to inspire the youths to be interested in the industry,” he added.