Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry “Majlis Amanat Menteri” 2014
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia had held Majlis Amanat Menteri 2014 on 13 January 2014 at MAEPS Serdang, Selangor. Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry presented the “Amanat Menteri” 2014 to more that 1000 staff of the Ministry from various department and agencies, and divisions under the Ministry.
In the amanat, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri began with the achievement by the Ministry of Agriculture department 2013; achievement in Agriculture Department that has discovered 110 000 hectars of wasteland around the country that can be used for the agriculture projects; the Ministry has succeeded in setting 50-50 equation, that 50% produce by marine fisheries and another 50% from aquaculture; establishment of Aerob rice planting from MARDI, that can reduce water usage and farm cost; implementation of enforcement by Fishery Department in trawl fishing to more than 38mm to safe guard fish catchment; and also the existence of “war room” at the Ministry, which all the important statistics and current, will be distributed directly through communication device like tablets and smartphones.
The Minister’s main goal for 2014 is for all the officers and the staff under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry to strive alongside him to fight or jihad against middlemen which always taking advantages and unscrupulous gains from farmers and fishermen. Beside that, for Young Agropreneur Program, the Ministry had asked TEKUN and Agrobank to dish out “pre-aprroved loan” amounted RM100,000-RM300, 000 for young entrepreneur as to encourage them to be more active and aggressive as an agropreneur.
He added each department and agencies need to draft and implement one program in every month that will focus towards the farmers and fishermen; also agropreneurs that will give positive impact and satisfy the need of the group.
In addition, he also mentioned that each department and agencies need to have information officer that will be tasked to explain any current information in the agriculture in details to the target group, so that they will not be suppressed and manipulated by middlemen.
He hopes with this new year of 2014, every staff in the Ministry will always cooperated to each other to develop family-like character, change to the better, and transform working system to be more efficient and systematic; and also work hard in order to stand up for the target group in the Ministry.
Among those who attented ceremony also the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Dato’ Tajuddin bin Abdul Rahman, the Chief Secretary of Ministry, Dato’ Mohd Hashim bin Abdullah, the Deputy Chief Secretary of the Ministry (Development), Dato’ Dr. Baharom bin Jani, dan the Deputy Secretary of Ministry (Planning), Dato’ Haji Raihan bin Sharif. Chairman, Dato’ Othman bin Haji Aziz and General Manager, Dato’ Haji Abdul Rahim bin Saleh.
40 officers from various levels also attended the “Amanat Menteri” 2014.