The Malaysian state of Sabah's State Deputy Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Dr Daud Yusof has said the ministry's agriculture department requires more enforcement staff for monitoring and implementing quarantine on agricultural products being brought into Sabah, Bernama reported.
He said this while officiating the opening ceremony of the Sabah agriculture department's annual meeting in Sandakan on Tuesday (23 April).
As such, of the over 1,000 job vacancies in the ministry currently, most are for the agriculture department's enforcement unit, while the remaining are for other agencies under the ministry's umbrella.
Apart from that, Sabah is expected to launch the Sabah Agriculture Blueprint next month.
Speaking to reporters after the opening ceremony of the Sabah Agriculture Department's annual meeting in Sandakan, Datuk Idrus Shafie, Director of the State Agriculture Department, said the blueprint is essential in developing the state's agriculture sector "in a comprehensive manner."
He said: "Currently, there are regional (development) plans, such the Southern Region Development Plan and the East Region Development Plan, that are used as references to make this blueprint a success."
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