Dry spell will not affect food supplies: Malaysian minister

Dry spell will not affect food supplies: Malaysian minister

PUTRAJAYA - The current dry spell is not that serious and will not affect food supplies, said Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the Meteorological De­­part­ment had informed him that although it was hot in the day, there was a lot of rain in the evenings.

"It is not as hot as it was in 2014 so the situa­tion is not alarming.

"But we have taken several mea­sures to ensure the agricultural sector is able to withstand the current dry and hot spell," he said after opening an agro-tourism seminar here yesterday.

Ismail Sabri said the Government was also not too worried about areas under the Kemubu Agricultural Deve­­lopment Authority (Kada) and Muda Agricultural Development Authority (Mada) as both had enough irrigation.

"It is the other areas that require water to be channelled in from elsewhere.

"For these areas, we have constructed 25 tube wells costing RM3.35mil (S$1.25 million) and provided 450 units of pumps for farmers in Kelantan," he said.

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