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Agriculture Ministry holds engagement session with padi, rice stakeholders

Publish date: Sat, 02 Mar 2024, 03:34 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Food Security Ministry held an engagement session on Thursday (Feb 29) with stakeholders of the padi and rice industry, as decided by the National Action Council on Cost of Living (Naccol) special meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Feb 23.

It said in a statement on Friday (March 1) that it was agreed at the meeting that the ministry conducts further comprehensive studies and discussions with the padi and rice industry by considering the padi purchase price, supply factors, global price of imported rice, sustainability of local rice supply and the effects on consumers.

"Through this engagement session, all views, comments and input given will be refined and studied based on the interests of all parties in the padi and rice industry value chain.

"Beginning from farmers, millers, wholesalers and retailers to consumers before a new action plan for the padi and rice industry is formulated for the consideration of the Naccol meeting on March 20,” said the ministry

The engagement session was chaired by Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu and attended by various interested parties in the padi and rice industry value chain comprising representatives of miller, wholesaler, retailer and restaurant associations.

Also present at the session were ministry secretary-general Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali and Kawalselia Padi dan Beras (KPB) director-general Datuk Azman Mahmood as well as representatives of Padiberas Nasional Berhad (BERNAS), Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry, Ministry of Finance, Economy Ministry, Plantations and Commodities Ministry, and Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

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