2,192 Farmers Received RM 2.9 Million Monetary Aid
A total of 2,192 farmers from Kelantan received monetary aid of RM 2.9 million, for damage of paddy crop due to floods disaster that struck Kelantan in late 2012. They include 1,035 farmers in KADA areas with total amount of assistance at RM 1.27 million, 902 farmers in the IADA Kemasin Semerak areas with total assistance at of RM 1.24 million and 255 farmers on the outer area of the rice bowl at RM 396,000.
The aid presentation ceremony was held recently at YKK Padang Kala Complex and officiated by the Secretary General of Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Datuk Mohd Hashim Abdullah representing the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Datuk Seri Noh Hj Omar; KADA Chairman, Tan Sri Annuar Musa; Kok Lanas Assemblyman cum Board Member of KADA, Datuk Mohd Alwi Hj Che Ahmad; Chairman of MPPP Pasir Puteh, Zawawi Othman and KADA General Manager, Hj Ibrahim Mat were also present.
The monetary aid was taken from the special allocation of Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry to reduce the losses borne by the farmers and paid at the maximum rate of 3 hectares at RM 5,000.
Mature-stage paddy which has not yet harvested, the rate is RM 1,800 per hectare while the fee for paddy at the maturing stage is RM 360 per hectare.
It reflects the concern of federal government to the hardship and struggles borne by farmers and as an incentive for them to continue growing rice in spite of facing disasters.
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