[ 28-04-2014 ]
Malaysia Aims To Import RM1 Million Worth Of Vegetables, Fishes From Acheh
PUTRAJAYA, April 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia aims to import 400 tonnes of vegetables and 45 tonnes of fishes worth RM1 million from Aceh by next month, said Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.
He said currently, Malaysia imported 80 tonnes of vegetable products, comprising potatoes, cabbages, carrots and tomatoes and 1.5 tonnes of Grade A fishes such as red snappers, mackerals and pomfrets from Aceh.
"It is a part of our efforts to stabilise the prices of these products in the local market and the import values may increase depending on the quality, price and consistency of the offers," he said after witnessing the signing of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) here today.
The first was between PT Nafasindo, a subsidiary of the National Farmers Organisation (NAFAS), signed the MOU with PT Keluarga Manget Sabe and PT Pandu Buana Nusantara Drive for import of vegetables.
The second was between National Fishermen's Association (Nekmat) and Inter Sulair Hasil Laut and Udi Camar Laut for fish import.
Ismail said from May this year Malaysia would also market approximately 500 agricultural products worth about RM80,000 to Aceh through the establishment of Malaysia Agrobazar there.
"Malaysia is also looking to build an animal feed plant in Aceh as there is lack of supply for the product and it is too expensive for our farmers," he said.
He said the ministry was also looking at the possibility of buying live cattle or raising them in Aceh and bring them home later.
Aceh Governor, Dr H. Zaini Abdullah, said the collaboration with Malaysia would increase the income of Aceh's people as most of them are farmers and fishermen.
"We welcome the move and are happy with this trade cooperation," he said.