KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has increased the national rice stockpile to 292,000 tonnes which is sufficient to support consumption for at least 45 days.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said apart from that, 200,000 tonnes of stockpile in the market and the Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) long-term overseas contract would ensure there was sufficient supply for three months.
“Following a food crisis in 2008, the Government planned a National Food Security policy.
“Even though the policy ended in 2010, for staple food such as rice, various forms of assistance are still being given to the farmers to increase yield,” he said when replying to a supplementary question by Datuk Ismail Kasim (BN-Arau) in Parliament yesterday.
Noh said the Government was committed to ensuring the supply of food was sufficient as it was the main objective of the 2011-2020 National Agro Food Policy passed recently.
He said to increase national food supply, the ministry had implemented several projects among them the Permanent Food Production Park, Aquaculture Industry Zone, National Feedlot Centre, contract farms and the development of agro-based entrepreneurs.
“The ministry will continue to develop a food supply chain system which would be more inclusive with the involvement of the Government and private sector, farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen to link output with market demand, increase value-added activities and reduce business risk,” he said.
Noh added that to encourage private sector investment in food production, fiscal incentives would be extended to cover all production and processing activities. - Bernama
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