PUTRAJAYA: Plans are being drafted to empower farmers to be farm managers, with hopes of enabling them to produce better crops and yields, says the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.
Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said the ministry has been tasked to work with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) to train farmers to become farm managers and equipping them with the latest in farming knowledge and technology.
"It was decided in the Cabinet meeting today and this will be one of the ministry's new strategies that will be intensified moving forward," he said on Wednesday (Sept 18).
He said the ministry will be meeting with UPM experts to work out a strategy as soon as he returns from his working visit to Shanghai, China.
"We will need a good model to support this strategy. We already have training models for estate managers but we need a new model to create farm managers in the future," he said, adding that agricultural institutions nationwide will be informed about the plans and be prepared to make it happen.
Salahuddin said this at a press conference after the Alibaba Juhuasuan Convergence in Malaysia event here.
Juhuasuan is part of Alibaba Group's suite of solutions that help businesses strengthen engagements with consumers in China.
Juhuasuan's introduction in Malaysia is part of the "Malaysia Week 2019" campaign in China that runs from Sept 16 - 22 with the aim of promoting Malaysian products there.
Held for the second time, Malaysia Week was organised in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and is part of Alibaba's commitment to Malaysia under the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), a brainchild of Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma to help small-and-medium-sized businesses sell products abroad.