Ministry of Rural Development says optimistic about handling food security issues

Deputy Minister of Rural Development Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad (centre) talks to aid recipients at the Kuala Muda District Equipment and Warung [email protected] Assistance program and presentation to Dewan Desa Keda, Kota Kuala Muda, June 7, 2022. – Bernama pic

Tuesday, June 07, 2022 6:24 PM MYT

SUNGAI PETANI, June 7 – The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) is optimistic that the food security problems facing the population will be addressed through measures to further strengthen the livestock industry through Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) and Felcra Berhad.

His Deputy Minister I, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad, said Risda and Felcra are responsible for implementing a poultry and cattle farm expansion project to ensure that the food supply from the allocation of RM80 million to the ministry will be channeled.

In this regard, he said that KPLB has given assurances to ensure that the poultry and livestock project will be implemented effectively and efficiently so that the ministry can achieve its objectives.

“The RM60 million allocation from KPLB will be channeled to Felcra for expansion of beef farms while RM20 million is earmarked for Risda to expand poultry farms. We are aiming for 10,000 cows per year and 600,000 chickens in 35 days.

“We know we can’t cover everything, but at least we can help in terms of food security thanks to the efforts of Felcra and Risda. We started and launched this project with a poultry farm in Rompin (recently),” he said.

Abdul Rahman said this after the Warung Desa [email protected] Kuala Muda District Assistance and Delivery Program at the Tepi Sungai Kedah Regional Development Authority (KEDA) hall in Kota Kuala Muda near here today.

Abdul Rahman was asked about the ministry’s plans to help the government ensure the food security crisis can be best resolved.

Apart from this, in a media report yesterday, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said that the food security crisis must be addressed immediately, especially in a world facing various crises right now.

In the report, Her Majesty also ordered the development of a long-term plan to enhance food security and ensure the cost of living is at an appropriate level.

Meanwhile on the Warung Desa, Abdul Rahman said 135 people had benefited from the aid nationwide out of the total target of 950 Income Enhancement Program (PPP) participants.

For the record, the PPP is one of KPLB’s programs aimed at improving the well-being of rural people to increase income and lift the community out of poverty by targeting the low income group of category B40 living in rural areas. .

PPP support is provided in various forms, including machinery equipment, premises, workshops and retail space, raw materials, start-up operating costs, pre-implementation training of the project as well as advice. — Bernama

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