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BERNAMA – Monthly RM200 assistance for padi farmers while awaiting harvest period

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) — The authorities has agreed to offer RM200 help for a interval of six months to padi farmers whereas awaiting the harvest interval, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

When making the announcement as we speak, he stated the help had been mentioned with the Finance Ministry and could be included in Budget 2023 which was anticipated to be tabled this October.

“A total of RM200 for three months for two seasons, which is six months to help them (farmers) while waiting for the padi to be harvested,” he stated in his speech at a dinner earlier than officiating the forty eighth Annual General Meeting of the National Farmers Organisation (NAFAS) right here, tonight.

Ismail Sabri stated beforehand, rubber tappers acquired help throughout the monsoon season as that they had no revenue for 3 months, specifically in November, December and January.

“At that point, I used to be a minister (main the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development) and fishermen additionally acquired allowances of between RM200 to RM300, together with inland fishermen.

“I was surprised that the padi farmers didn’t get it (the assistance for the two seasons),” he stated.

In Budget 2018, the then authorities introduced month-to-month help of RM200 for farmers over a interval of three months whereas ready for the padi harvest season.

Meanwhile, on the problem of controlling rooster and egg costs within the nation, Ismail Sabri really useful that NAFAS ought to absolutely management the availability chain as a way to assist the federal government and keep away from being ‘held to ransom’ by the suppliers.

“I agree on NAFAS controlling the poultry manufacturing chain however I additionally hope it controls the availability chain for poultry manufacturing from the feed to the chickens themselves. 

“There are enough NAFAS members of one million, and they can venture into the market (as poultry supply producers) and I have told the (MAFI) minister that we (the government) cannot be constantly held to ransom by poultry (supply) producers. That’s why I have asked NAFAS and producers to be in control of the poultry market so that we cannot be threatened by irresponsible parties,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri introduced that the federal government, by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) had authorised an allocation of RM4.47 million from the Agricultural Disaster Fund to help 29 farmers’ organisations and 483 farmers affected by pure disasters this yr.

“The Allocation for Redevelopment of Agro-Food Projects (PPSPA) will be channelled through the Farmers Organisation Authority (LPP) in seven states, namely Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan dan Terengganu,” he stated.

At the occasion, NAFAS additionally introduced the distribution of an eight per cent dividend for the Special Farmers Investment Scheme (SPKP) underneath the National Farmers Fund (DPK) for the monetary yr ending December 2021.

The distribution of the dividend entails a complete fee of RM8.5 million, which is able to profit nearly 6,000 buyers who’re farmers and could be paid in June.

The occasion was additionally attended by Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and NAFAS Board of Directors chairman Datuk Zamri Yaakob.

— BERNAMA



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