Mafi to modernise agricultural industry

It will be done through key govt policies including the SPV 2030, SDA 2030 and 12MP, says minister

by NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by BERNAMA

THE Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry (Mafi) is modernising the country’s agricultural industry in line with the National Agrofood Policy 2021-2030 to ensure food security is competitive and sustainable.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said it will be done through key government policies including the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030), Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 (SDA 2030) and the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).

He expressed hopes for graduates of the 10th Agriculture Convocation Ceremony, as the talent of the future, to continue the efforts to transform the country’s agro-food sector into Industrial Revolution 4.0’s direction.

“Furthermore, the graduates have been immersed with the educational process and industry practice-based training which included a practical component, psychomotor skills and exposure to training in industry.

“They not only have technical skills but are also equipped with entrepreneurial knowledge that will be an added value in their work life and the future of agrofood,” he said in his speech at the convocation ceremony organised by Mafi yesterday.

The total of 1,712 graduates for the year 2020 and 2021 included 288 for Malaysian Skills Diploma, 711 for Malaysian Skills Certificate, 543 for Malaysian Agriculture Certificate, 83 for Veterinary Certificate and 87 for Fisheries Certificate.

To date, Mafi has produced a total of 21,759 trained graduates since 1969.

Ronald said with an increase in the number of skilled manpower in the field of agro-food, Mafi expects to further enhance the industry’s competitiveness in the global market and ensure the continuity of the country’s food supply.

“I hope all graduates can get involved and together achieve Mafi’s vision and mission, to further contribute to the economic development and guarantee the country’s food security.

“I believe with young people who have the energy and strength, as well as technical knowledge in this field, the government’s efforts towards smart farming will be achieved,” he added.

Mafi, through its departments and agencies will continue to implement training programmes to produce competent youths in all agro-food subsectors.

This is not only important to meet demand for skilled manpower, but also for producing young entrepreneurs in the agrofood sector.

Ronald said the government has and will continue to provide adequate allocations to improve infrastructure and facilities at training institutes to further enhance the quality of their training.

“I hope that the quality of teaching and learning in all these institutes can be maintained and improved from time to time to meet the needs of stakeholders namely the public and private sectors.

“For this purpose, institutes must also constantly review and improve their curriculum to be in line with the needs and development of today’s agricultural sector,” he concluded.