JOHOR BARU: State government hopes that the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry can identify lands, which are severely affected by dry spell, so as to implement the tube well project.
State Agriculture and Agro Based committe chairman Ismail Mohamed said the implementation of the project was to ensure the agricultural areas which were affected by the dry spell could continue to carry out their daily activities smoothly.
Ismail said the study and identification process was expected to start by the end of March, because the current dry spell is expected to end soon.
“The state government will be issuing the allocation to the respective farmers if the research progression is doing well and we are expected to implement this project by 2016.
“Most probably, two schemes will be used including to install the system directly to the most affected areas or by providing grants and allocation to the affected farmers.
He was speaking to reporters after launching the Johor Agro Mini Programme 2015 in conjunction with the Sultan of Johor coronation day at Dataran Bandaraya on March 22.
Ismail also stated that the state government encouraged farmers in three districts — Kota Tinggi, Batu Pahat and Segamat — to use the fertigation farming system to overcome problems during dry spell in their areas.
He said that the system reduced water consumption in farming and to benefit the people in many ways.
“By using this system, the farmers will have less headache as it consumes less water, also it will help to reduce the price of the products produced because they could save on transportation cost.
“The state government also encourages any individuals or companies conducting this system as to help increase the food supply in their respective areas,” he added.
In a separate matter, he said that the state government was in the middle of upgrading the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Agro centre in Kong Kong, Masai to benefit the Johorean as recreation centre by 2016.