Hobby pays off for farmer


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 09 Jul 2019

ROMPIN: It all started five years ago when Terengganu native Yusoff Yaacob decided to raise chicken for fun, and now he is a successful entrepreneur with his poultry farm having about 85,000 chickens at any one time.

His success was even sweeter when he was named as the winner of the Felda entrepreneur main award and Innovative Entrepreneur award 2018, during the the national-level Felda Settlers Day 2019 celebration here, achievements beyond his wildest imagination.

Yusoff, 59, received both awards from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the celebration held at Felda Selancar, and received RM15,000, trophy and certificate.

He recalled that when he first started, he spent RM200,000 to build the coops, to buy chicks and poultry feed before deciding to get involved seriously by obtaining advice from Felda.

“Now I am working on three coops and assisted by my two children. Although I have been involved in this poultry business for a while now, I still seek advice from Felda as I want to ensure the sustainability of my business where there are risks involved, such as diseases.

Yusoff, from Felda Kerteh 6, Terengganu, said he did not put much hope in winning any award as other candidates were good and to be listed in the final was more than good enough for him.

“The awards motivate me to further develop my broiler chicken business by using the cash prize,” he said at the event.

Meanwhile, Felda Promising Entrepreneur award winner Siti Fadzilah A Rahman, 28, attributed her success in the frozen food business such as curry puff and temosa to her mother Rubiah Mohamed, 52.

The mother of two from Felda Air Tawar 1, Johor, said her interest in business began when young as she often helped her mother who was involved in the food business.

“I helped my mother a lot and learnt how to become an entrepreneur.

“My products are also available in Singapore,” said Siti Fadzilah, who has a Diploma in Food and Culinary from Yayasan Pelajaran Johor. — Bernama


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