The agriculture sector plays an important role in Malaysia's economic development - providing rural employment, uplifting rural incomes and ensuring national food security. The sector contributed RM20 billion or 4% of Malaysia's GNI in 2009. This definition excludes industrial crops such as palm oil and rubber.
Traditionally labelled as the poor man's sector, the face of agriculture is slowly changing as entrepreneurs in diverse businesses such as swiftlet nest-ranching and large-scale paddy (rice) farmers are able to move up to Malaysia's high-income group and further along the value chain.
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