National Food Security Policy set up


PETALING JAYA: A Cabinet committee on National Food Security Policy has been set up to coordinate strategies and action plans in addressing national food security issues for the short, medium and long term.

The drafting of a more holistic and sustainable National Food Security Policy will strengthen food security at all levels of the food supply chain, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee (pic).

The Prime Minister will chair the committee, and its members will include the Agriculture and Food Industries Minister, the Finance Minister, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economic Affairs), the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister and the Health Minister.

Others are International Trade and Industry Minister; the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, the Transport Minister, the Rural Development Minister as well as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions).

The committee will seek input from stakeholders including academics, industry players, non-governmental organisations as well as farmers, animal breeders and fishermen.

Kiandee stressed that in general, Malaysia’s supply of food is sufficient. However, he also acknowledged the need to improve upon that position of security.

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