The commodity sector contributed RM85.1 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said.
He said of the amount, RM48.3 billion was contributed by the palm oil sector.
“Knowledgeable and skilled human capital is needed to ensure that the country’s commodity sector performance remains sustainable.
“This factor is important so that the productivity of the commodity sector can be further enhanced to generate revenue for the country,” he said at the launch of the virtual Agricommodity Career Carnival 2021 today.
The carnival, which is jointly organized by the ministry and the Social Security Organisation (Socso) under the Ministry of Human Resources, focuses on several commodity sectors such as palm oil, rubber, timber, kenaf, cocoa, and pepper, offering more than 60,000 job vacancies.
Mohd Khairuddin called on locals, especially job seekers, to seize the opportunity to get suitable jobs through the carnival.
“The ministry will continue to work with Socso to help the agro commodity industry get the manpower it needs by giving priority to locals, including Orang Asli,” he said.
The carnival is also in line with the Perikatan Nasional government’s policy to regain control of the manpower in the agro commodity industry, which is dominated by foreigners who accounted for 75 percent of the workers, by replacing them with locals.
There were more than 8,600 job vacancies offered by 26 employers in the plantation and commodity sector at the carnival and about 3,000 locals, including graduates and Orang Asli, will take part in the two-day carnival.
People can register participation at the Website
Besides the virtual interview session today, a briefing on the PenjanaKerjaya 2.0 and MYFutureJobs Portal, as well as a webinar session on Career Opportunities in the Agriculture Sector, will also be held