Transitioning rom Agriculture to Agribusiness
DEFINITION OF THE AGRICULTURE NKEA
The overall agriculture sector is broad, encompassing industrial crops such as oil palm and rubber, food andcash crops (also known as agro-food, food that is produced by agriculture) such as paddy and livestock, andspecialty products such as edible bird’s nests and herbs.The Agriculture NKEA will focus on selected sub-sectors which have high-growth potential, namely aquaculture, seaweed farming, swiftlet nests, herbal products, fruits and vegetables and premium processedfood
. This will enable Malaysia to tap a large global market that is rapidly expanding.
In addition, the paddy and livestock sub-sectors were selected due to their strategic nature in ensuringnational food security.
The eight sub-sectors identied above generated total domestic production worth approximately RM16.6
billion in 2009 and account for 82 percent of the GNI contribution of the agriculture sector