KUALA TERENGGANU: The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) is carrying out several studies to reduce the costs associated with the production of agricultural products in the country, says Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim.
The Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, said that the recent increase in the prices of food products, including vegetables, was not only due to the decline in production, but was closely linked to the supply of fertilizers and pesticides.
He said that studies carried out by Mosti included the use of pesticides and agricultural fertilizers, applying nanotechnology to increase the yield of agricultural products and at the same time reduce costs more effectively.
“On Friday (November 26), we just discussed the use of nanotechnology fertilizers, although the price is quite high, the amount involved is very low. The spray does not need to be repeated because its nutrients will be released more efficiently.
“In addition, we will also see the use of technology through the Malaysian Space Agency to more effectively plan fertilizer application and pesticide spraying.
“This is one of the things being explored on how we can help agencies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries cut costs,” he told reporters after serving at Teachers’ Day at the Kuala Terengganu district level on Saturday 27 November.
Ahmad Amzad, who is also an MP for Kuala Terengganu, said one of Mosti’s goals was to implement various initiatives with other ministries to strengthen the country’s food security.
“The ministry’s latest success has been the production of a new variety of padi, IS21, developed by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency. It can produce up to nine tonnes of padi per hectare, compared to three tonnes previously, ”he added. – Bernama