Agriculture has potential as a major source of employment
0 month ago, 28-Nov-2019
Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub – Bernama photo
JOHOR BAHRU: The agricultural sector is poised to become the focus of new employment opportunities behind the challenging global landscape which sees significant changes including a reduction in the number of workers in certain sectors.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub said the time has come for Malaysia to promotesuch narrative and new approach.
Witnessing the speed of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), Malaysia must be prepared to provide new opportunities in the country andagriculture is fast becomingthe focus as well as a new source of income, he said when speaking at the opening of the 2019 National Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen Day (HPPNK) atAngsana JohorBahruMall here today.
He also gavethe example of such apotential when Malaysia is still importing RM50 billion of foodstuff.
As such, let us move faster to fill the space of importsby maximising abandoned agricultural land to reduce ourbalance of trade,he said.
By doing so, he said Malaysia could become an exporter of fruits all over the world while meeting food security and safety needs.
I am confident and I believe that HPPNK will gather all industry players, farmers andmyministry has always considerour farmers as our national heroes, he said.
Also present was Deputy Prime MinisterDatuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was accompanied by JohorMenteri Besar,Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal.
At the opening ceremony, Dr Wan Azizah also presented the 2019 HPPNK Premier Awards toOsman Goat Farm operator, OsmanCheya Kutty, who was chosen asnational level Successful Breeder.
After that,DrWan Azizah also spent time to join a People’s Nasi Ambeng Feast with about 4,000 people apart from visiting several exhibition booths at HPPNK.
HPPNK 2019, starting today until Sunday is featuring 350 entrepreneurs from various agricultural fields as well as 13 state pavilions displaying a variety of traditional food. – Bernama