‘Tap into eco-tourism potential’

Chow picking out long beans at the Local Agriculture Product Festival in Kepala Batas, Penang.

NORTH Seberang Prai has the potential of becoming an eco-tourism site offering attractions related to agriculture and eco-tourism products, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

He said the district is an area that is rich with natural destinations and heritage significance besides having an abundance of agriculture and livestock activities.

“All these elements have the potential to be combined as one complete tourism package where visitors and tourists can experience themselves how the daily lives of farmers and breeders are here.

“They can also visit several interesting destinations in the district while having their holiday here, ” he said after launching the Local Agriculture Product Festival at the Chief Minister’s special coordinator’s office in Kepala Batas on Sunday.

Chow said the eco-tourism package could be introduced in an effort to attract visitors to the district and at the same time, generate income for the local economy.

Earlier, in his opening speech, Chow said the state government is actively promoting agriculture and local products through many platforms and events organised throughout the state.

Visitors buying fresh fruits and vegetables at the event.Visitors buying fresh fruits and vegetables at the event.

He said programmes such as the Local Agriculture Product Festival in Kepala Batas were meant to assist small traders and local farmers to showcase their product and increase their income, especially during the pandemic.

“Besides helping the local economy, the festival can promote north Seberang Prai as the main destination for agro-tourism.”

Also present were state tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, state social development and non-

Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng, state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, Berapit assemblyman Heng Lee Lee and Chief Minister special coordinator Lay Hock Peng.

At the festival, Chow handed over vegetables and face masks to frontliners from the Kepala Batas Hospital, north Seberang Prai district office, Kepala Batas Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Force.

About 400 coupons were distributed to needy families in the district for them to buy agriculture products and daily essentials that were on sale during the festival.

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