Department of Agriculture's Objectives and Functions

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S OBJECTIVES

  • Provision of consultation services, technical support and professional advice in various agricultural field especially in the field of food crop and downstream industry in order to ensure sufficient food production for the country's needs.
  • Provide guidance and nurturing of progressive agriculture entrepreneurs in order to increase farming productivity and eventually increase the country's agriculture produce.
  • Development of trained and skilled workforce to cater to the needs of the agriculture industry.
  • Protect crops (industrial and food crops) from threat such as pests and diseases through the crop protection programme and quarantine services.
  • Determine the production of crops that are safe for consumption and control environmental pollution.
  • Regulate the agriculture resources and the country's plasma-generated materials from being transferred out of the country and from threat of extinction.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S FUNCTIONS

  • Evaluate, modify and generate a technology package derived from agencies/research bodies according to local environment and requirement and to disseminate these technologies to agriculture entrepreneurs.
  • Provide consultation services and technical support in a package format to entrepreneurs, private organizations and agriculture development agencies.
  • Develop Agriculture Food and Soil Information Centre for planning purposes and implement development programmes for the sector.
  • Conduct training at the agriculture Institute/Training Centre in order to fulfill the requirement for skilled workforce within the agriculture sector.
  • Monitor the quality of the country's agriculture resource/seedlings
  • Implement the enforcement of Pesticide Act 1974 to ensure that pesticides which are imported, distributed and sold in our country are of quality and will not cause harm to consumers, livestock, food crops and the environment.
  • Implement the enforcement of Plant Quarantine Act 1976 to prohibit the entrance of deadly foreign pathogen into our country and also to facilitate the export of our country's products so that they comply with the quarantine regulations imposed by the importing country.
  • Implement the Custom Order (Export Restriction) 1988 and CITES regulation (International Trade Convention for Endangered Animal Species and Wild Plants) to ensure that agriculture resource and plasma generation are not threaten with extinction.
  • Implement the enforcement of New Variety Plant Protection Act 2004 (Act 634) to protect the intellectual rights of local varieties for superior plant breeds such as oil palm, rubber, cocoa, coconut and flowers
  • Create liaison and working collaboration between organizations in the public sector and local/foreign private sectors that are involved in development, enforcement and international trade.
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Last updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 12:46pm