BELURAN: Cash and equipment worth tens of millions of ringgit have been channelled to the agricultural sector affected by natural disasters, including floods, by the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (Mafi).

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the ministry was always alert and took measures to reduce the impact of floods on crops and livestock through departments and agencies under Mafi.

“Disasters like floods always happen but the magnitude varies. Last year, for example, the extent of flooding across the country was quite critical and had an impact on the agriculture and food sectors.

“This year, we are prepared to reduce the impact (of floods),” he told reporters after the Semarak Tani Keluarga Malaysia programme here yesterday.

Kiandee said fishermen, farmers and breeders were important communities that the government must look after in line with the National Agriculture and Food Policy to ensure national food security.

On the Semarak Tani Keluarga Malaysia, Kiandee said the programme included products under Mafi to help improve rural agro-food communities and to disseminate information about the latest government approaches and policies directly to the local people.