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Selamat Petang and Good afternoon,
First and foremost, on behalf of Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA), I wish to extend my deep appreciation and congratulation to the team of AGRI Malaysia for hosting another successful international event this year, it is indeed my pleasure to make a few notes and express gratitude to all those who made this trade exhibition a reality.
We have reached the second day of the third edition of Agri Malaysia 2018 and I believe that all of you have well done through the first day of the three-day trade exhibition. It is my great pleasure that you had fruitful discussions carry on through the remaining of Agri Malaysia’s exhibit day.
However, it is also a privilege and an honor to be entrusted with such an undertaking, at a gathering of such eminent people from different parts of the world agricultural industry, in the fields of government, industry, academia and the media.
Furthermore, AGRI Malaysia 2018 is recognized as a major agriculture trade event and has a large volume of international participation because of its comprehensive and wide range of exhibits includes fertilizer, seed, farm tools & equipment, engineering, technology and consultancy. AGRI Malaysia 2018 is a one of a kind event that will convene business, investors, policy makers and industry leaders from various enterprises and institutions of all sizes, both national and international.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the second quarter of 2018, the global economic expansion continued at a robust pace. Malaysia’s economy grew by 4.5 per cent in the second quarter this year, slower than the first quarter growth 5.4 per cent. On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted, the GDP grew 0.3 per cent.
Agriculture industry market in 2018 is booming comparison to last year. On late March this year, the annual report released on Wednesday 28th March 2018 by Bank Negara Malaysia indicated agriculture sector is expected to grow at a firm pace of between 5.5% and 6% in 2018 vs 5.9% in 2017 with domestic demand remaining the driver of growth.
Selected Agricultural commodities are divided into three categories namely crops & plantation (fruits and vegetables). In 2018, a total of 33 agricultural products were covered and 19 of them recorded self-sufficiency ratio (SSR) of more than 100 percent. papaya recorded the highest SSR of 158.7 per cent followed by watermelon and starfruits. Per capita consumption (PCC) of coconut was the highest (17.0 kg per year) followed by durian, pineapple and banana. As for six selected vegetables recorded SSR of more than 100 percent namely spinach, lady’s finger, brinjal, long bean, cucumber and tomatoes.
Malaysian Government launched its Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP) for the period of 2016-2020 marked the new strategies for the greater growth and development of the agriculture sector, it is a comprehensive strategy that focuses on delivering both the capital and people economy.
In the 11MP, the agriculture sector, namely the agro-food and industrial commodity sub sectors will be transformed and modernized into a high-income and sustainable sector. This sector is expected to grow at 3.5% per annum, contributing 7.8% to GDP in 2020.
11MP’s efforts will be focused on ensuring food security, improving productivity, increasing skills of farmers, fishermen, and smallholders, enhancing support and delivery services, strengthening the supply chain and ensuring compliance to international market requirements. The development of the sector will also take into account the impact of climate change on sustainability of agricultural practices.
In addition to the efforts from government, I would also like to encourage every grower or processor, be it the large scale or the smallholder, to always take the initiative participating in field-related activity, such as AGRI Malaysia which provides opportunity and proper platform, to learn about wide knowledge as well as specialized skill which will much benefit to one’s expertise.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
As with all such events — and this trade exhibition has been an outstanding example — our minds have been assailed by a torrent of ideas, information, statistics, interpretations and visions, and it will probably be a day or two before we can sift through them all consolidate our own personal perspectives. There is, indeed, plenty to reflect upon and, if this in any way enhances our individual and collective contributions to meeting the global agricultural challenges, then the trade exhibition can truly be adjudged a success. To our foreign exhibitors and visitors, I hope you have the most fruitful result here and make your visit to experience the many wonders of Malaysia as well.
I am pleased to dedicate my support on the organizing of this unique event, and the initiative taken by the team working closely with many government departments and agencies, making Agri Malaysia a proper and professional platform to effectively conveying these messages to a wider, different groups of people who have been contributing themselves to agriculture and plantation sector.
I believe that Agri Malaysia will be a very invaluable platform for everyone participants to develop business partnerships, build new contacts and be updated on the latest trends and knowledge. So please contribute to the upcoming Agri Malaysia 2019 and continued your support and research in agriculture industry.
On that note, it is with great pleasure that I hereby officiate the Malaysia International Agriculture Technology Exhibition 2018.
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