Agriculture Dept to continue to help farmers affected by El Nino


The department will assist by constructing tube wells and water pumps for affected farmers. — filepic

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Agriculture Department will continue to give assistance to all farmers in Johor especially during the current El Nino phenomena that has plagued the country, said state Agriculture and Agro-based Industry committee chairman Ismail Mohamed

He said the assistance that was given to affected farmers included agricultural tools to help rehabilitate affected crops during the hot spell.

“The department will continue to give help to local farmers here including giving water pumps and mobile tanks as the cost is much lower compared to constructing tube wells.

“However, tube wells will be given to mega agricultural projects where it gives huge contribution to the nation’s food productions,” he said in his winding up speech during the Johor assembly sitting held at Bangunan Sultan Ismail here on Thursday.

Ismail said that last year, the Agriculture Department helped build 15 tube wells at the vegetables commercial project at Bukit Gambir near Tangkak involving a cost of nearly RM1mil in a 240ha land with 120 farmers.

He added that according to the drought report as of this month, 28ha of paddy fields in Kluang are badly affected due to the phenomena involving three farmers with an estimated loss of around RM14,000.

Ismail also said about 0.1ha of mushroom plantation in Mersing is also affected, involving one entrepreneur with losses of up to RM9,000.

“For fruits, about 67.40ha of land in Mersing and Segamat is affected, with 41 farmers with losses amounting to RM215,000.

“About 54 vegetables farmers in Mersing and Segamat, with 70.41ha are also affected due to the drought with losses of RM230,000,” he said.

He stressed that the government would continue monitoring the situation and ensure such assistance would be given to ensure Johor remains the largest food producer in the country despite the hot spell.

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