KUALA LUMPUR: About 5,000 settlers at Felda Tenggaroh, Johor, and the community in their vicinity, will experience the spill-over effect of development, when the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) develops the area to become a modern township in 2014.
Felda has identified the tourism and food industries as the main drivers of economic activity in Felda Tenggaroh, located 15km from Tan-jung Leman and 50km from Mersing, which are the focus of tourists,
The development at Felda Tenggaroh entered phase two this month with improvements to be made to the programme identified in the first, such as fishery, livestock, and homestay to achieves the scale of an economy, said the director of innovation and new generation development Felda, Abdul Malek Jalil, in an interview.
He said through the second phase, Felda planned to increase the number of homestay entrepreneurs to 50 compared with 16 now, apart from also increasing the number of those involved in the rearing of fresh water fish, goats and cows while introducing quails.
“The tourism industry has big potential to be developed in the area to fulfill the homestay demand for both locals and those from overseas visiting Tanjung Leman, especially on weekends,” he added. – Bernama
He said in respect of agriculture, Felda was expected to sign an agreement with KFC Holdings through Ayamas Food Corp Sdn Bhd, to undertake contract farming after this Hari Raya.
“For the first phase (cooperation with KFC Holdings), we will train at least 10 chicken farmers within six to 12 months, depending on their ability.
“On completion of the training, they can begin to rear the chickens, whereby 70% of the produce will be sold to KFC Holdings. The rest will given back to the entrepreneurs to be sold by them,” he added.
Among the other projects, Abdul Malek said Felda was also in discussions with Petroliam Nasional Bhd to create a welding programme, aimed at equipping the new generation at Felda Tenggaroh with that skill. – Bernama
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