PM urges farmers to consider agrotourism

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (middle) wrapping some daun kucai during a visit to Sheng Ta Plantation Sdn Bhd near Sengkang Batu 18 in Bukit Gambir at Tangkak, Johor on Dec 13. Looking on is the plantation production manager Tan Chee Kiong (left). — THOMAS YONG/The Star

ANGKAK: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tells a group of farmers that the Sengkang Batu 18 area near Bukit Gambir here can be built into a one-stop agrotourism centre.

Tan Chee Kiong, a secretariat member of the Batu 18 and 19 Sengkang 1 Grisek Cluster Farming project, said the farmers here welcomed Muhyiddin, who is Pagoh MP and Gambir Assemblyman, to their farms and briefed him about the projects in the region.

As we have a mushroom factory in Grisek, 202.34 ha of padi fields and 242 ha of leafy vegetable garden. Thus, this area is ideal for developing as an agro-tourism destination.

After the Prime Minister’s visit yesterday, he said The famous Gunung Ledang has a resort. And this region has the potential to be developed as an agro-tourism destination centre.”

Mushroom Factory in Grisek
Tan pointed out that the farmers were advised by Muhyiddin to establish a one-stop centre. Visitors could gain experience doing farming work from there.

“Visitors should harvest and cook the vegetables. We are also looking into making souvenirs as memorabilia for them, such as shirts and caps, he said.

The community had 30 members. They planted 16 different types of fruits and vegetables, including papayas, bananas, and guavas, he said.

Tan added that farmers in the region, excluding fruit and palm oil, were able to produce approximately 48,000 metric tonnes of leafy vegetables per year with a gross income of RM50mil.

Most of the goods are typically sent to Melaka, parts of Johor, Kuala Lumpur, and Kuantan. While the remaining 10% are shipped to Singapore.

“About 80 percent of our supplies go directly to the hypermarkets, while wholesale markets will receive the balance,” he said.

At another case, Muhyiddin said the efforts of the government to repair Felda were necessary in order to restore the rights of its more than two million settlers.

He said one of the priorities was to restore and rehabilitate Felda when Perikatan Nasional took over the administration of the country.

This is not a small question. That is why it is important for the government to take measures to save and restore the rights to the colonists.

“We will give it back to them if the land belongs to them. If the company is previously publicly listed, we will restore it as a private company”. He said in his speech during a meeting at Felda Sri Jaya here with local community leaders.”

He added that the government’s steps were taken by the chairman of the Felda Special Task Force, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, and the chairman of Felda, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

In October, under its new recovery strategy, Felda released RM9.9bil sukuk. And it also took back 351,000ha it leased to FGV Holdings Bhd.


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