The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) will be established in Sabah to increase production and expand pineapple cultivation in the state, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.
He said the matter has been discussed with the Sabah Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and would be realised soon.
“The discussion has a positive response. This is one of the efforts to boost the pineapple industry in Sabah.
“The presence of MPIB (in Sabah) will help facilitate the management of the sector besides encouraging more people to participate in the pineapple industry commercially.”
He said this to reporters after handing over the Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package incentives to 20 pineapple farmers at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) here, today, with the MPIB chairman Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal also present.
Meanwhile, Ronald said the national pineapple production capacity was 400,000 metric tonnes per year with a value of over RM500 million.
However, he said the volume was insufficient not only for the international market but also for the local market.
“The government is confident that the MPIB can help increase the pineapple cultivation in this country from 16,000 hectares to 20,000 hectares to meet the market demands,” he said.
To empower the industry, Ronald said the government has allocated RM13 million to the MPIB to benefit about 5,000 pineapple industry players.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency