Govt raising self-sufficient level for rice production by 2025

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by AFP

THE Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) is raising its self-sufficient level (SSL) target for local rice production to 75% by 2025.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the target is being outlined in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), which includes the transformation agenda and modernisation of local agri-food sector as well as raising the SSL level for other food sources.

“MAFI’s main agenda is transformation and modernisation of the agriculture industry, raising the SSL levels as well as increasing the industry revenue.

“For the 12MP in the next five years, MAFI has identified several directions that will be focussing on rice production, ruminant, agriculture and fisheries,” he told Dewan Rakyat today.

The ministry is also targeting 70% SSL for local vegetable production and 50% for the ruminant industry by 2025.