Malaysia’s Rice Shortage: A Comprehensive Outlook and Possible Solutions
Facing the Rice Shortage: The Government’s Stand
The Agriculture and Food Security Ministry of Malaysia has expressed optimism in the face of the current shortage of local white rice in the domestic market. With the onset of the harvest season in Kedah, Deputy Minister Chan Foong Hin believes that the government’s measures to address the rice shortage will be boosted. This confidence is primarily pinned on the Local White Rice Special Programme (BPT), which is currently in full swing.
The deputy minister stated that the rice deficit in the domestic market is predicted to improve with the harvest in Kedah. This positive outlook follows a series of intervention steps, including the BPT. This statement was made during the debate on the motion of the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) Mid-Term Review (MTR).
Stabilizing Domestic White Rice Supply
Earlier, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu had announced that the supply of domestic white rice in the market was likely to stabilize within a month. This prediction was based on the government’s various intervention measures and continuous monitoring, including the implementation of the BPT Special Programme. As part of this program, manufacturers have been instructed to increase the production of local white rice supply for the domestic market by 20% for a duration of one year.
Boosting Rural Entrepreneurs: The PKD Mobile Programme
In related news, Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Datuk Rubiah Wang, stated that the role of Rural Community Centres (PKD) in collecting and marketing rural entrepreneurs’ products will be strengthened through the PKD Mobile Programme. This new program, set to launch this year, aims to reduce the burden of rural entrepreneurs by eliminating the need to travel far to market their products.
Conclusion: A Positive Outlook
In conclusion, the Malaysian government’s proactive stance and strategic intervention measures seem promising in addressing the current local white rice shortage. With the harvest season in Kedah, the implementation of the BPT Special Program, and the upcoming launch of the PKD Mobile Programme, it is expected that the rice deficit and the marketing challenges faced by rural entrepreneurs will be significantly mitigated in the coming months.
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