Agriculture Ministry to focus on expanding market for honey jackfruit - Salahuddin
Last update: 16/04/2019
TEMERLOH, April 16 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry will continue to focus on conducting more scientific research on the J33 variety of honey jackfruit as well as expanding its market overseas.
Its minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said the fruit had wide market potential due to its taste and nutritious value.
"Exports and demand for jackfruit from the country are very high, especially from European countries," he told reporters at the Lanchang Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) walkabout programme here today.
In 2018, a total of 266.5 tonnes of Honey Jackfruit with a value of RM799,500 was exported to European and Southeast Asian countries.
Earlier, Salahuddin also visited the jackfruit farm and fish pond owned by director and producer Datuk Rosyam Nor before attending a dialogue session with over 60 plantation owners in TKPM. Deputy Director General of the Department of Agriculture (Industrial Development and Expansion) Datuk Mohd Anim Hosnan was also present.
TKPM was established in 2001 through the 3rd National Agriculture Policy (DPN3) to transform the agricultural sector by encouraging large scale agricultural projects.