Venture into agriculture, Selangor youths urged

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  • Friday, 12 Aug 2016

Visitors checking out the items on display at one of the booths at the ‘Infra Tani Exploration Carnival’ in Bandar Baru Selayang. — ART CHEN/The Star

MORE youths in Selangor should venture into agriculture to ensure sustainability for the state, Selangor Infrastructure and Public Facilities Committee chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib said.

He noted that only a handful of young people were interested in agriculture as they preferred to look for job opportunities in other sectors.

“To woo the younger generation to take up agriculture, we have allocated RM750,000 this year for a youth agricultural programme.

“They can venture into fishery, livestock, plantation and agro-based products. Those who are interested can get more information from the state government.

“The youth programme is aimed at increasing their knowledge of agriculture and show them that this field can rake in huge profits,” Zaidy said after launching the “Infra Tani Exploration Carnival” in Dataran Ilmu, Bandar Baru Selayang.

He then took the time to visit the vegetable farm in Selayang Heights, community garden in Bandar Baru Selayang, World Putu Bambu factory in Selayang Indah, Kampung Sungai Nakhoda in Sungai Tua and Kampung Bendahara in Batu Caves.

The carnival in Dataran Ilmu had booths from various government agencies such as the Gombak Land Office, Selayang Municipal Council, Drainage and Irrigation Department, Public Works Department, Fisheries Department, Selangor Water Management Authority and Agriculture Department.

Besides this, the carnival had activities for children such as colouring contests and a cooking competition.

Recreational events such as 4x4 cart pushing and coconut bowling were also organised for visitors.

The public enjoyed free services such as car wash, vehicle motor oil change, health checks and legal advice.

The carnival concluded with a concert at 9pm featuring performers such as XPDC, Wings and Caliph Buskers.

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