SINGAPORE (Nov 18): The agricultural sector contributed 8.2% or RM96 billion to Malaysia’s GDP in 2017. Palm oil was the major contributor at 46.6% followed by other agriculture produce (18.6%), livestock (11.4%), fishing (10.5%), rubber (7.3%) and forestry and logging (5.6%).

Education and Research Association for Consumers Malaysia’s (ERA Consumer) report “Situation of Agriculture in Malaysia: A Cause For Concern” says the second National Agricultural Policy 1992-2010 (NAP 2) stressed that the agricultural sector should be market-led, commercialised, efficient and competitive.

“Food crops were therefore neglected and concentration in the agricultural sector was on commodities like palm oil, cocoa and rubber, which besides being of export value, were also important to the local manufacturing sector,” the report says.

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