Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob delivers a speech throughout NAFAS’ forty eighth annual basic assembly at World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur May 18, 2022. — Bernama pic
Thursday, 19 May 2022 5:45 AM MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has known as for an finish to the usage of middlemen within the agriculture sector and meals provide chain as a part of efforts to manage the price of dwelling because of rising inflation.
The prime minister mentioned middlemen exploit the arduous work of farmers and fishermen and manipulate market costs.
Ismail Sabri mentioned he himself had waged battle towards middlemen by means of the ‘War Against Middlemen’ marketing campaign in 2014 whereas helming the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry.
“The National Farmers Organisation (NAFAS) must continue this fight through strategies such as creating padi purchasing and fruit collection centres and also by having more farmers and fishermen’s markets,” he mentioned.
The prime minister mentioned this in his speech at a dinner earlier than officiating at NAFAS’ forty eighth annual basic assembly right here final evening, which was additionally attended by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri mentioned the federal government wished NAFAS and the Farmers Organisation Board to implement a paradigm shift to make sure the nation had enough meals provide.
He mentioned the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry was additionally instructed to arrange lengthy and short-term plans to forestall a meals disaster within the nation.
Apart from that, he urged NAFAS to breathe new life into the agro-based meals sector by means of the appliance of excessive expertise and digitalisation with a purpose to enhance agricultural manufacturing and cut back dependence on meals imports.
He additionally drew the general public’s consideration with the announcement that the federal government had agreed to abolish permitted permits (AP) to herald staple meals from international international locations with rapid impact.
“This permits all events to import primary meals objects into Malaysia and keep away from monopolies by sure teams or cartels that in the end manipulate costs,” he mentioned. — Bernama
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