KOTA KINABALU: Four key areas will be the measures to ensure national food security, says Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.
These were availability, access, food safety and nutrition, as well as natural sources and sustainability, he added.
"The effort to tackle food security is a continuous one and we have the capability to produce the food needed in our country.
"We only need to import products we don’t produce (or that are insufficient) in the country, that’s why ministries and agencies are using various methods to boost the level of self-sustainable food products in our country,” he told reporters after officiating the Street Attack programme for the Sabah zone Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-tourism Malaysia (Maha) 2022 expo at Tamu Jalan Gaya here Sunday (July 24).
Kiandee added that one such ongoing effort was the ministry’s attempt at reducing the country’s dependence on foreign rice imports of 30%.
He said food supply in the country was stable and various efforts under the National Agrofood Policy 2.0 are being conducted to ensure the availability of food for people in the country. – Bernama