INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION

BACKGROUND

  • The region of KADA has in total an area of land estimated at approximately 82,900 hectares. Some 64,555 hectares of this is made up of agricultural land and 37,670 is used up for rice paddies, while the remaining land consists of mixed fruit orchards, rubber plantations, reserve irrigation canals etc.

    Output production of basic foodstuff (rice, vegetables, fruits, livestock and aquaculture) is in essence the main business of KADA with the aim of diversifying the source of income generated by farmers in the area.

    Based on a study conducted in 2002 there are 1,487 hectares of high plain paddy fields which can only yield one crop a year, raising the potential for it to be developed for many other types of agricultural yields.

    Some 150 km of the total 625 km of irrigation canals in the KADA region has been earmarked as potential areas for the cultivation of caged freshwater fish.

    There are 13 Area Farmers Organizations in KADA which provide the ease of input supplies, marketing services and other aid for the use of the local community in the area.

OBJECTIVE

  • Increase the production of basic food through optimal usage of land, and rejuvenating and re-utilizing idle or problematic land.

    Produce entrepreneurs who utilize the latest technologies and are capable of managing commercial-level agricultural production activities.

    Increase value added resources for downstream industries.

OUTPUT AND BENEFITS EXPECTED FROM THE PROJECT

  • Its estimated that the output of freshwater fish will increase from 500 metric tons to 1,500 metric tons valued at RM7.5 million by the end of the 9th Malaysia Plan, while the production of vegetables by the end of 2010 will each 40,670 metric tons worth RM32.5 million.

    Production of livestock and vegetable and herb crops serve basic downstream industrial activities which directly save BOT by the end of 2010.

    Overall, over 30 % of residents in the KADA region will receive direct benefits from the projects implemented.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION

  • The implementation of this project will allow unproductive land currently left idle to be fully utilized and subsequently generate income to farmers and the nation in general.

    Increase the production of local food products with the intent to reduce the import of food into the country.

    Create job opportunities for farmers and the local community.