Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries launches anti-graft plan
PUTRAJAYA,. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) has launched its Anti-Graft Plan (KARMA 2021-2025), which covers five strategies and 48 action plans – among them to improve transparency and efficiency of permit, licence and quota management processes.
Also included are strategies to increase efficiency and accountability of MAFI investigation and prosecution procedures, as well as to increase efficiency and effectiveness of aid and incentive management.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, who launched the document with the vision ‘Leader of Agriculture and Food Industries Which is Transparent, People-Friendly and With Integrity,’ yesterday, said the plan aimed to realise the government’s aspiration to move towards a nation with integrity and free of corruption.
“Based on the plan, MAFI has identified five risk areas to be addressed among them public procurement management, licence and quota permit management as well as rice industry enforcement,” he said.
“KARMA 2021-2025 would be implemented and its effectiveness would be measured within five years starting this year,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kiandee said a new and extraordinary approach was needed to ensure that MAFI could face food security challenges, including the current challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We must continue to place more emphasis on the use of mechanisation and automation technology, development of modern agricultural models, precision agriculture, agrorobotics, Internet of Things (IoT)-based applications and so forth, in line with Industrial Revolution 4.0,” he said.
Kiandee said he wanted his ministry to be ‘a business-friendly ministry’ that should be able to attract investments into the agro-food sector, which had always contributed to the country’s economy.
He also called upon ministry, department and agency leaders to review existing rules and procedures that might be irrelevant, overlapping and cumbersome so as to simplify them in line with post-Covid-19 new norms and culture.
“All MAFI departments and agencies involved need to work in teams to ensure that the projects implemented would meet the needs of stakeholders,” he said.