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MAFI committed to rejuvenate agriculture sector

— The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) will continue to rejuvenate the agriculture sector by increasing the involvement of the younger generation in its programmes.

Deputy Minister II Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said the government had succeeded in increasing the involvement of young people in 2020 when a total of 1,149 people received grants amounting to RM21.7 million compared to 750 people in 2019 and 785 people in 2018.

For the Young Agropreneur Grant (GAM) programme, he said the ministry had allocated RM15 million for 750 young entrepreneurs this year.

“Business courses are always being carried out to provide exposure to agriculture and agro-food entrepreneurs, as well as qualify them to received grants of up to RM20,000.

“The involvement of more young people can help the ministry to increase production for the agriculture sector because these people are skilled in using modern technology,” he told reporters after opening the Young Agropreneur Business Plan Course here today.

He said the scope of the programme was to provide grant assistance in the form of goods up to RM20,000 for new projects, capital assistance through the TEKUN Nasional Special Financing Package up to RM50,000 and the Agro-YES Financing Package (up to RM500,000) for expansion projects.

At the event, Che Abdullah also presented GAM mock cheques worth a total of RM960,000 to 51 recipients in Penang.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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