Amendments to further empower Fama to be tabled

KOTA KINABALU: Amendments to the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) Act 1965 to enable the agency to manage the marketing of livestock products will be tabled in Parliament, says Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

He said the amendments would open up a wider scope in Fama’s role in marketing agricultural and livestock products.

“Currently, Fama is only involved in (marketing) agro-food products. This (proposed amendment) will be processed by the ministry before being taken to the earliest parliamentary session.

“This also gives farmers and agro-entrepreneurs wider marketing access even to overseas markets besides creating a better and organised marketing chain system,” he told reporters after visiting the Fama Marketing Complex here yesterday.Ronald also handed over Prihatin assistance to 250 entrepreneurs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, he said the Sabah fruit-processing centre, which is part of the Sabah Fama Marketing Complex plan, was being built at a cost of RM5mil through the economic stimulus package and expected to be completed in August next year. — Bernama

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