National Mutual Insurance Co, part of National Mutual Asia, intends to add another 500 agents this year to expand its life insurance market share and prepare for the launch of the Mandatory Provident Fund next year. The company's chief executive of life insurance, Mark Pearson, said the company had recruited 500 more agents in the past 12 months, and he hoped another 500 could be brought on this year. 'We have seen the agency strength reach 3,078 as at the end of March, up 18 per cent compared with the same time last year. 'We are not only focusing on the number of agents but also want to stress the quality of the agents.' Company general manager (MPF and employee benefits) Rob Pocknee said National Mutual's large agency force would help it grab MPF market share.