By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
KUALA KANGSAR: The Ministry of Plantation and Commodities is targeting three zones for the Trek Komoditi 2023 program in the North of the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.
Trek Komoditi is a program to meet customers and stakeholders of the Ministry of Plantation and Commodities.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Plantation and Commodities, Datuk Sri Fadilah Yusof said, the North Zone of the Peninsula will be the first destination of the Trek Komoditi program.
He said, the main element of the Trek Komoditi program is empowerment of smallholders and related stakeholders in addition to being able to meet and hear and see for themselves the effectiveness of government policies, initiatives and incentives in ensuring the well-being of the people.
“The ministry always ensures that the studies and research carried out by agencies and initiatives can have an impact on smallholders, especially involving productivity.
“The Commodity Track is a journey to gather information and views of the target group in order to formulate policies and find a proactive and effective approach for smallholders and industry players including agricommodity sector operators,” he said.
He said when speaking in conjunction with the launch of the Trek Komoditi 2023 program at Malaya’s First Rubber Tree here today this.
Fadilah said, this effort is a proactive step by the ministry in accelerating the government’s efforts to stimulate and improve the national economy.
According to him, the North Peninsular Zone Trek Komoditi 2023 journey will last for three days starting today with the organization of various activities that have been scheduled such as engagement sessions and casual chats with small farmers, youth and community as well as demonstration and exhibition of agricommodity sector mechanization equipment.
“In addition, several locations have been selected, namely Sungai Bakap, Penang to see timber sector companies. Next, the Trek Komoditi will go to the state of Kedah to take a closer look at the Rubber industry in Baling and the small Cocoa companies in Kodiang, Kedah.
“On the third day, we will go to Perlis which is the Chuping and Beseri districts to survey the Kenaf industry sector,” he said.
He said, the program will also continue to two more zones, the Sabah and Sarawak Zones for the interesting exploration of other agricommodity sectors, namely oil palm and black pepper.
“Through involvement and programs like this, it is hoped that the sustainability of agricommodity products will be achieved comprehensively,” he said.