Rice-ing to the occasion


(Front to back) Dr Norlela, Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Datuk Rozali Mohamud, Chow and other participants walking through the rice field in Kampung Terus, Penanti, on Penang mainland during the festival. — Photos courtesy of KWONG WAH YIT POH

THE Penang government plans to enter the International Padi Festival into the national tourism calendar.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that the event which was entering into its second edition in the state received very encouraging response and simultaneously proved it could achieve recognition as a national tourism event.

He said the state government would work with Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin to discuss measures that could be taken to get the festival enlisted in the national tourism calendar.

“The uniqueness of the event can lure visitors and tourists. It is also an experience which cannot be easily obtained especially to those staying in the city.

“The organisation of this festival is not just for fun because it has a very clear objective in deciding the direction of the agriculture sector especially the planting of padi in the area,” he said.

Chow was speaking to reporters after launching the Penang International Padi Festival 2.0 themed ‘Padi Ku Warisan Ku Rezeki Ku’ at Kampung Terus in Penanti on the Penang mainland on Saturday.

He said the three-day festival was held at one of the oldest padi heritage sites on the mainland dating back to the 1800s.

The festival was enlivened with numerous programmes, including the first straw art sculpture exhibition in Malaysia, catching of fish in padi fields, painting of local sceneries by local artists as well as sale of fruits, vegetables, food and drinks.

Chow also released fish fry and giant prawn fry in Sungai Terus to balance the eco-system and to provide a future source of income for the fishermen. – Bernama

   

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