Agrobank organised a business networking session called “Agenda Agro: Prospect and Opportunities in Agriculture Sector” in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, which was attended by more than 170 Agrobank’s clients and agropreneurs from the state.
Agenda Agro is one of Agrobank’s initiatives to provide latest updates to Agrobank’s customer and agropreneurs on the latest prospects and information in agriculture sector.
The business session provides opportunity for the clients to interact with Agrobank’s officers and also to learn more about opportunities in this sector.
According to Agrobank president and chief executive officer, Tuan Syed Alwi Mohamed Sultan, Agrobank is committed to assist agropreneurs through various initiatives including training and capacity building.
In addition to comprehensive financing offered for agri-businesses, the sharing session like Agenda Agro helps to assist agropreneurs to develop strategically plan in expanding their business.
“Terengganu has great potential in agriculture sector, as at December 2018, Agrobank has recorded a total financing of RM448.03 million for Terengganu state, a year-on-year increase of 25.39 per cent, which is higher than last year’s growth recorded of 3.74 per cent for the same period of time,” said Syed Alwi.
“Agenda Agro focuses on topics related to the challenges faced by agropreneurs mainly by the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
“Agrobank provides various platforms to support the SME development such as strategic collaboration with agencies, developing agropreneur development programmes and we also share information about our products and services.
“We are hopeful that initiatives like this will create positive impacts on the development of successful entrepreneurs," he added.
At the same event, PROKHAS also delivered a presentation on working capital guarantee scheme (WCGS) by Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad (SJPP).
WCGS was established to assist SME in all sectors to gain access to financing from participating Financial Institutions (including Agrobank).
At the event, several presentations such as the strategic partnership with Top IT Industries Sdn Bhd with the appointment of AGROAgent at 38 Pusat Bestari; presentation of Agro Nurani takaful sponsorship by five caring corporate with total sponsorship amounting RM765,000 benefitting 50 people with disabilities (PWDs); presentation of sponsorship of takaful Agro Mabrur-i to 1,068 asnaf in Terengganu through Terengganu Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIDAM) amounting to RM80,100; and zakat contribution to Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) amounting to RM30,000 were held.
Terengganu is the first location of Agenda Agro for this year while the next Agenda Agro session will also be held in Sarawak and Johor.