Felcra gets funds to boost food security


KUALA LUMPUR: An allocation of RM368.37mil has been channelled to Felcra Bhd to strengthen the country’s food security at all levels of the food chain, says Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

The Rural and Development Minister said a total of RM339.14mil would be used to improve infrastructure, cover the cost of raw materials and upgrade technology while the rest would be used for internal expenditure.

He added an additional RM60mil from the 12th Malaysia Plan and Rolling Plan 2022 would be used to expand the capacity of the livestock feed processing plant in Rompin, Pahang.

He said the project was to optimise the basic ingredients for local feed and develop concentrate and silage factories to fulfil the requirements of a full value chain.

“The project has been implemented and is underway. This initiative is one of the measures to address the rising cost of livestock, so Felcra took this approach to boost production of livestock feed,” he told a press conference at the Felcra Mesra Aidilfitri ceremony at Wisma Felcra here yesterday.

Mahdzir said Felcra Processing Engineering Sdn Bhd was also improving the operation of its factory to increase production of Suri brand palm oil-based coconut milk substitute from 30 tonnes to 60 tonnes per month to meet domestic needs.

“So far, Felcra has two palm oil milk production factories, one in Terengganu and the other in Perak.”

At the same ceremony, he also presented mock cheques of RM3,000 each to five welfare institutions. — Bernama

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