BANTING: Timber sector exports grew 20.7% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin (Photo).
The new Minister of Plantations, Industries and Commodities said these exported products were worth RM12 billion.
The top five wood products exported are furniture (RM 5.54 billion), plywood (RM 1.54), sawn timber (RM 1.16), wood fiber (RM 350) and moldings. in wood (520 RM).
“The timber industry is very lucrative for our country. Although we are in a period of pandemic, we can still increase the export of these products,” she said on Saturday August 4th during a visit to the center. vaccination program for Olak Lempit as part of the vaccination program for the agrifood sector (Vacoms).
It was Zuraidah’s first official visit in his new role.
Asked about the reason for the increase in exports, Zuraidah said that a low level of supply had pushed up the price of the products.
Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng, Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantations, Industries and Commodities, Datuk Ravi Muthayah, and CEO of Malaysian Timber Council, Muhtar Suhaili, were also present at the event.
Regarding the vaccination program, Zuraidah said the Olak Lempit Center for Woodworkers has allocated 10,005 vaccines, with around 9,000 people having completed two doses of inoculation.
The program between MTC and the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) began on July 28 and will end on Monday (September 6).
MTC allocated RM 1.3 million for vaccination programs in Peninsular Malaysia, giving grants of RM 30 for each worker vaccinated.
Zuraidah said the Vacoms program was started to prevent clusters of Covid-19 in the workplace and to create a safer environment for the industry to operate.
“We hope that more agencies will open vaccination centers to ensure that all workers in the food industry receive their vaccines and obtain herd immunity so that the country’s economy can be boosted.