PASIR PUTEH, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- The Kemubu Agricultural Development Authority (KADA) has provided assistance totalling RM330,000 to 219 participants under the “Program Transformasi Sosial Ekonomi Hasil Tani Keluarga Malaysia” (Malaysian Family Socio-Economic Transformation Programme) for the Pasir Puteh area.
Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) Minister II Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh said this is a big amount for categories such as ruminants involving aid for cattle, goats and sheep amounting to RM140,000, while crops and poultry amounted to RM95,000 and RM58,000 respectively.
"The implementation of this programme is seen to be able to reduce the operating costs of farmers and breeders who are still in the low- and middle-income groups so as to be able to produce successful agricultural entrepreneurs other than padi.
"Programmes such as these need to be continued and given focus as they can increase the production of fresh food in the crop, animal husbandry and fishing industries in addition to focusing on increasing the income of B40 entrepreneurs in KADA," he said.
He told reporters this after the “Program Transformasi Sosio Ekonomi Keluarga Malaysia” aid presentation to KADA Pasir Puteh area today.
Elaborating, Nik Muhammad Zawawi said through this assistance, economic projects involving production, processing, distribution and marketing related to agriculture and animal husbandry for the purpose of increasing crop productivity can be implemented.
He said participants also are able to increase knowledge, expertise as well as competitiveness through courses and training for the development of human capital efficiency, thus helping them get out of the shackles of poverty.
“Participants under this programme are given direct assistance and training according to the needs of the participants' projects with values that have been set by the ministry through KADA.
"Among the aid distributed are for ruminant breeds of sheep and cattle for breeding purposes, while for aquaculture, aid in the form of silver catfish (ikan keli), ikan patin (catfish) and tilapia seeds is aimed at promoting the freshwater fish industry within the KADA area," he added.