POLICY THRUST OF THE 9TH MALAYSIA PLAN
In line with the Third National Agricultural Policy as well as the vision of the country's leadership, the new agriculture approach was introduced to trigger the industrialisation of the country's agriculture sector. This revolution will re-activate the development of the agricultural sector and thus transforming it as one of the nation's engine of growth. To accomplish this, the implementation of the Ninth Malaysia Plan will be done based on the following policy thrust:
- Increasing agriculture production including new sources of growth with greater private sector participation;
- Expanding agro-based processing activities and product diversification;
- Strengthen marketing and global network;
- Enhancing income of smallholders, farmers and fishermen; and
- Improving the delivery service system.
THE 9TH MALAYSIA PLAN TARGET
Based on the outline policy thrust of the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the planning and implementation of projects and programmes to accomplish 5 specific targets will be carried out under these targets:
- To generate value-added growth of 7.6 % as compared with the plantation sector of 3.2%
- To achieve a surplus of RM 1.2 billion in food trade
- To achieve value-added growth of 5.2% for the agro-based industry
- To attract a total of RM20.1 billion value of investment from private sector in order to commercialise food production activities and agro-based industry.
- To achieve Self Sufficiency Level on various commodities as targeted.
IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY OF THE 9TH MALAYSIA PLAN
The policy direction and policy thrust of the Ninth Malaysia Plan will be transformed into concerted efforts in attaining the ultimate goals and targets of the plan. Development programmes and projects carried out will be in accordance to these strategies:
- To increase agro-food production area;
- To develop new sources of growth such as deep-sea and tuna fishing, seaweed, ornamental fish and floriculture;
- To enhance the development of agro-based industries;
- To diversify source of income of the target group;
- To unleash the benefit of agro-biotechnology and marine biotechnology;
- To increase marketing capability;
- To comply with international standards and quality;
- To provide loans and incentives; and
- To emphasise Total Factor Productivity.
The ultimate goal in the agro-food production development and downstream processing industry is to increase the number of modern and commercial farmers, breeders and fishermen as well as agro entrepreneurs to pioneer the development of the agro food sector which is private sector driven, without displacing the traditional farmers, where their production capacity will be enhanced to complement the benefit of the transformation process through an increase in productivity and income. The implementation of the Ninth Malaysia Plan is parallel with the strategic intend of the country's leadership in revolutionising and industrialising the agriculture sector into a modern, dynamic and competitive sector.