Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) is prepared to take the lead in churning out modern agripreneurs to help the country address issues concerning unemployment as well as food security.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Malaysia, to date, is relying too much on imported agri-based products and it is time for Malaysians to be more involved in the food production sector ecosystem.
He said the recent meat cartel issue should serve as an eye opener on the need for Malaysians to be more involved in food production, especially halal food.
“We want more youths and unemployed graduates become agripreneurs. They need to change their mind set …don’t just focus on becoming wage earners. They should open up their eyes on the enormous business potential in the food production sector.
“MEDAC, via agencies such as TEKUN and SME Corp, has already come up with various programmes and incentives, aimed at producing more agripreneurs.
“In addition, we are also collaborating with Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) to further develop the country’s food production sector via modern farming,” he told reporters after his visit to Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (ANGKASA) office in Sarawak today.