KLUANG: The Johor government will introduce a new platform for local farmers to market their products for the domestic and international markets.
Acting state Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries exco Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the government would be launching the Johor Agrohome to aid local farmers including fishermen to sell their produce.
“Most farmers are unable to reach both local and foreign buyers as there are not enough middlemen who are willing to help them.
“Furthermore markets such as Pasar Tani organised by Fama are only held once a week and this does not really help them," he said.
Ayub said this when met after officiating the Johor Agro Expo 2015 in Ayer Hitam.
He said that Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin would explain the Agrohome concept when it is launched soon.
Ayub added that the Agrohome programme would not only help local farmers sell their products but also strengthen Johor’s position as one of the biggest food producers in the country.
On an unrelated matter, Ayub, who is the state Health and Environment exco, said the Johor Health Department would take another water sample in Gunung Pulai 1 and Gunung Pulai 2, which had earlier tested positive for leptospirosis.
He added the second sample would be taken in December to see whether the waters still tested positive for the disease.
“I would like to inform the public that the area has been shut down by the government for the last 15 years after a landslide incident.
"The public should know that they are trespassing when they entered Gunung Pulai and I do hope that the relevant departments especially the Forestry Department will take appropriate action against them," he said.
Ayub stressed that there were proper signages warning the public not to enter the area but these were taken down by irresponsible people.
Gunung Pulai is a 654m high hill near Kulai, and easily reached by the North South Expressway after exiting the Kulai toll plaza.
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that occurs in animal especially rodents and can be transmitted to humans.