MIRI: Sarawak National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) will use the successful agriculture project at Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) Kabuloh to inspire more youths to participate in its agropreneurship programme.
|Abang Johari (seated fourth right), Karim (seated third right), and others pose for a photo.|
Saberkas deputy president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the programme was a success and promised guaranteed returns to its participants.
“Most of the assistance, such as seedling and infrastructure, are provided by the government. The participants would have to pay only a small amount on land rental fee annually.
“They would, however, have to work hard to develop the land, which can generate income of up to RM10,000 a month,” he told a press conference after attending a briefing on the project at TKPM Kabuloh.
Also at the briefing were Saberkas president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg, also Minister of Housing, Saberkas secretary general Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, also Pantai Damai Assemblyman, Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat, and senior agriculture officer Othman Hamdan.
Abdul Karim, also Assistant Minister of Housing, said the programme was opened only to Saberkas members.
Approved proposals would receive funding from Agro bank or SME bank, he added.
Abdul Karim said all crops produced by the participants were marketable as the Agriculture Department allowed them to plant only `market guaranteed’ crops. Under the TKPM concept, the state government provides land for food production, while money for infrastructure and basic facilities comes from the federal government.
The aim of the park is to become a permanent food production zone, to produce more quality food, to have more entrepreneurs in commercial food production, to increase entrepreneurs’ net income to more than RM54,000 a year, and to encourage greater private sector involvement in food production.