Ministry challenged to increase contribution to GDP to 5%

TELUK INTAN: The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based industry is being challenged to increase its share of the country’s Gross Domestic Product to 5% before the end of Eleventh Malaysia Plan in 2020.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the sector’s performance last year was encouraging as it contributed RM36.5bil or 3% to GDP.

I am confident (5%) can be achieved, he said at the launch of the 2017 National Farmers’ Wave programme, attended by about 20,000 farmershere today.

The deputy prime minister also said the value of food items imported into the country stood at RM46.8bil last year compared with RM30.2bil in 2015.

Source: Malaysian Trades Union Congress