MAFC To Open Two New Food Supply Centres In ECER

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama) — Malaysian Agrifood Corporation Bhd (MAFC)
will build two integrated food production and consolidation centres in Pahang under
the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) to complement its existing facility in Bukit
Raja, Cameron Highlands.
The new centres, to be located in Bertam Valley in Cameron Highlands and
Lanchang, are among the 19 consolidation, processing and packaging centres and
consolidation marketing centres under the ECER development plan, the ECER
secretariat said in a statement Thursday.
The three food centres will provide post harvest value-added services to collect,
consolidate process, sort, grade, package and distribute for better food safety,
quality and sustainability, according to MAFC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Khazanah Nasional Bhd.
With the establishment of the centres, the company said it aimed to transform the
nation’s food supply chain management and distribution to generate value at every
level of the food supply chain.
MAFC chief executive officer Azizi Meor Ngah said the valued-added centres will
operate in compliance with food safety standards such as Malaysian Farm
Accreditation Scheme, Hazards Analysis Critical Control Point, and GlobalGAP, a
private sector body that sets voluntary standards for international certification of
agricultural products.
“They are supported by cold chain logistical capabilities for the transit and storage of
fresh fruits and vegetables in our supply chain’s custody,” he said.
Azizi said MAFC’s focus was to revitalise the agrifood sector through an integrated
value-added programme that gave priority to maintaining a sustainable balance
between commercial agriculture and social objectives.
The company was currently focused on selected crops that met the demands from
the target market such as lettuce, capsicum, tomatoes, cabbages, chillies and other
leafy vegetables, as well as fruit crops like papayas, pineapples, watermelons and
starfruits, he said.
“Our business strategy is to build an efficient fresh produce supply chain pipeline so
that consumers get to enjoy safe and quality food for healthier lives anytime,
anywhere,” Azizi said.”By working in collaboration with government agencies and industry players to
develop a comprehensive supply chain management system, we seek to create
value at every level of the food supply chain,” he said.