Malaysia’s agriculture and food sector has been experiencing significant supply chain disruptions ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit us in early 2020.
The sector is facing rising costs as producers are still unable to restore foreign labour supply, together with other related problems.
Depreciation of the ringgit has also led to high food prices as Malaysia is heavily reliant on meat and dairy imports. Managing food security during and after the pandemic, therefore, must be given the utmost priority.
The world rice crisis in 1974 and 1975, and in 2008, taught Malaysia the importance of food security and to relook at our agriculture sector.