3,000 tonnes of food wasted daily in Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA: Around 3,000 tonnes thrown away daily are preventable food waste, according to Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) director-general Sharif Haron.

Citing the statistics from solid waste and public cleansing management service operator SW Corporation, he said most of the food wasted was food that was untouched and still edible.

As such, he said the government had initiated the Save Food Malaysia (MYSaveFood) programme last year in a bid to reduce food loss and food waste in the country.

MySaveFood was launched based on the SaveFood Campaign, a global initiative introduced by Messe Duseeldorf Group in Berlin, Germany, in 2011, with the cooperation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, he said.

Sharif said this to reporters after the opening of the 33rd United Nations FAO Regional Conference and the launch of MySaveFood campaign at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi here today.

Sharif said FAO estimated one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – or 1.3 billion tonnes – worth RM4.4 trillion got lost or wasted.

“The FAO views seriously the food loss and food waste occurring worldwide and initiated the SaveFood campaign to Asia-Pacific countries, including Malaysia.”

A total of 350 institutions and organisations had joined the SaveFood campaign since 2011.

Sharif said Mardi and the agriculture and agro-based ministry were the coordinator for the MySaveFood programme in Malaysia to promote food loss and food waste reduction.

The ministry also wants to expand the MySaveFood network with the help of the private sector, non-governmental organisations and consumer associations.

BERNAMA