In 1972, recognizing the important contributions of the commodities industry to the country’s economic growth, the Ministry of Primary Industries was established by the Government.
During its initial stage, the Ministry of Primary Industries was only responsible for the development of tin ore and rubber, the two main commodities then. The Ministry’s role was later expanded to include the development other commodities such as palm oil, cocoa, forestry, minerals, pineapple and tobacco which also contributed to the country’s economy.
In 2004, the Ministry was restructured and renamed as the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC). Under the new structure, the Pepper Marketing Board, formerly under the ambit of the Ministry of Agriculture was included in MPIC whilst matters relating to forestry, mineral and geosciences were transferred to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Other main responsibilities of the MPIC remain unchanged.
Apart from the established plantation commodities such as oil palm, timber, rubber and cocoa, MPIC is also exploring the development of new sources of growth, including kenaf, sago and jatropha which have potential in contributing to the country’s economy.
Functions of Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities
- To formulate policies and strategies for the overall development of the plantation and the commodity sectors.
- To supervise departments and agencies under the Ministry on financial management and implementation of plantation and commodities development programs.
Services under Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities
- Malaysian Palm Oil Board
- Malaysian Rubber Board
- Malaysian Timber Industry Board
- Malaysian Cocoa Board
- Malaysian Pepper Board
- National Kenaf and Tobacco Board
Contact Details of Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia
Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (Kementerian Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi)
Address: 6-13th Floor, Lot 2G4 Presint 2, 62654 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Telephone: 603-8880 3300
Fax: 603-8880 3482
Web Site: http://www.kppk.gov.my/
Staff Directory: http://www.kppk.gov.my/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=158&Itemid=126