KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PLS Plantations Berhad, a respected agrofood company in Malaysia, to conduct an in-depth study and submit a proposal for the national food security programme.
The MoU was officiated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob at the biennial Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro Tourism (MAHA) 2022. Also present was the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries, Yang Berhormat (YB) Datuk Seri Dr. Ronald Kiandee, and PLS Plantations’ Group Chairman, Yang Berbahagia (YBhg) Tan Sri Mohammed Nazir Bin Abdul Razak. Also in attendance to sign the MoU were YBhg Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid, Secretary-General of MAFI, and PLS Plantations’ Group CEO, Lee Hun Kheng.
YB Datuk Seri Dr. Ronald Kiandee said, “Malaysia continues to go up on the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) and is ranked 39th, up from the 43rd spot in 2020. We’ve performed well having an overall score of 70.1 when compared to previous year of 67.9. The upsurge in Malaysia’s score (when compared to previous year) may be the highest upsurge in score on the list of 113 countries involved.
However, because of multiple issues, compounded by rising population, and labour shortage, Malaysia’s food and agriculture imports remains high at around RM55.5 billion. Therefore, it is very important for the – both public and private – to work closely to help expand strengthen our food sufficiency through the entire entire supply chain. Simultaneously, we have to organise ourselves to capitalise on opportunities to create higher incomes for agriculture frontliners, close the income gap, and improve livelihoods. Securing this future also requires us to attract more youth to take part in the sector and we see public-private partnerships as an integral technique to injecting new programmes, technologies, and platforms which will attract new farmers and participants to the. Through these efforts we have been confident we are able to improve our national food security resilience, accessibility, and affordability of quality food, that is consistent with our National Food Security Policy (DSMN Action Plan) 2021 – 2025.”
YBhg. Tan Sri Mohammed Nazir added, “This MoU is really a significant milestone for PLS Plantations. We anticipate supporting MAFI and the industry’s efforts to improve the country’s food sufficiency levels. The study and proposal will serve as set up a baseline which will guide our efforts in rolling out our food security programme. Furthermore, our newly launched initiatives, the PLS Agropreneur Programme and PLS Integrated Agrotech Park, will donate to developing a thriving ecosystem where we are able to attract the experienced and specialised farmers to scale their farms and produce, and also bring the very best and brightest to take part in the.”
The PLS Agropreneur Programme is really a platform for new and experienced farmers that are interested to take part in the or scale their farms. It provides end-to-end support, from training and development, land lease, offtake network support, in addition to financial support and incentives. The PLS Intergated Agrotech Park serves as a platform for collaboration with universities, and agrofood to science and technology companies.
He concluded, “Collaboration, specifically knowledge-sharing aided by technology and science have paved just how for the industries to cultivate and thrive. Likewise, for the agrofood industry, we see these initiatives in an effort to elevate the, to create our youth back again to the suburbs and villages, and uplift the B40 communities, farmers and indigenous communities.” Source: GFSI by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) located in London, UK https://tinyurl.com/54zydpck
 Source: MAFI – https://www.mafi.gov.my/en_US/gfsi-2021
 Source: Department of Statistics Malaysia 2022 https://tinyurl.com/5xbvnv6r
 Source: MAFI – https://tinyurl.com/2ccdnp8h
About PLS Plantations Berhad
PLS Plantations was incorporated in Malaysia in 1987 and was listed on the next Board of Kuala Lumpur STOCK MARKET in 1994. Currently listed on the primary Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, PLS and its own subsidiaries get excited about the management and operation of forest, oil palm and durian plantations, and also the processing, distribution and sale of durian products.
PLS Plantations received a Silver3 rating from RAM Sustainability in April 2022, setting the baseline for the business’s sustainability journey and framework. PLS Plantations remains guided by environment, social and governance (ESG) values because they progress towards becoming the country’s leading sustainable agrofood company. https://plsplantations.my/
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