KUALA LUMPUR: Agriculture commodity product exports saw an increase of 64 per cent during the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO) period in 2020 and 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic years of 2018 and 2019.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said despite the country facing numerous economic problems stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, the export value of Malaysia's agriculture commodity products remained strong.
KUCHING: The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry is targeting the cocoa replanting project to reach 1,000 hectares (ha) by 2023 to increase the country’s cocoa output.
Its deputy minister, Datuk Willie Mongin said since the project started, 700ha had been replanted with cocoa, of which 150ha were in Sarawak, 350ha in Sabah and 200ha in the peninsula.
"If the project is successful, definitely the cocoa replanting prospects will be better in future.
"With the progress made by the Cocoa Development Board, a lot of technology and also pesticides will assist the farmers in preventing or combating as the cocoa plant diseases with good planting and maintenance practices as well, thus providing good returns for the farmers.”
He told this to the media after officially closing the Sarawak Super Cocoa Training Course, here, on Thursday (Sept 22).
Willie said the cocoa farmers and producers were also encouraged to be involved in the downstream sector such as producing cocoa powder and chocolate blocks that were viewed to be lucrative.
"But we must ensure that both sides will benefit. Otherwise, focusing only on the downstream sector and not on the upstream as well, we will not have the raw material. The downstream and upstream sectors need each other,” he added.- Bernama
AGRA, India (Sept 21): India's palm oil imports in 2022/23 could jump 9% from a year earlier on a rise in domestic consumption and as competitive prices allow the tropical oil to regain its share in the world's biggest market, a Reuters survey showed on Wednesday.
The higher buying could help top producer Indonesia in bringing down ballooning inventories and support benchmark Malaysian palm oil prices, which have nearly halved from record highs earlier this year.