Na­tional Dairy and Ru­mi­nant Board to boost milk, meat in­dus­try

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KUALA LUMPUR: The role of the Na­tional Dairy and Ru­mi­nant Board is to de­velop the dairy and meat in­dus­try and im­prove the eco­nomic and so­cial sta­tus of lo­cal ru­mi­nant breed­ers.

Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Agro-Based In­dus­try Datuk Seri Ah­mad Shabery Cheek said the board will fo­cus on the in­dus­try’s over­all de­vel­op­ment, cov­er­ing as­pects such as planning, co­or­di­na­tion, ad­vi­sory ser­vices and mar­ket­ing needs.

“The na­tional pro­duc­tion of dairy and meat is low and very de­pen­dent on im­ports, with the level of self-suf­fi­ciency in 2016 at 23.04 per­cent (beef), 13 per­cent (mut­ton) and 3.60 per­cent (evap­o­rated milk and milk prod­ucts).

“As such, we need a spe­cific board which can ex­pand the in­dus­try not just by de­vel­op­ing the na­tional dairy in­dus­try but also cul­ti­vate the abil­ity and cul­ture of the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

Shabery was re­ply­ing to a ques­tion from Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin (BN-Rompin) on the pri­mary role of the Na­tional Dairy and Ru­mi­nant Board in de­vel­op­ing the na­tional dairy in­dus­try in Ask-the-Min­is­ter ses­sion at the De­wan Rakyat yes­ter­day.

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