Food production park for Juru

FOLLOWING the success of Penang’s pilot Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) in Ara Kuda, Tasek Gelugor, a similar farm will open in Juru by December.

State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Law Choo Kiang said a 112ha plot of land had been identified for the RM4mil Juru park.

“The Juru park would see three major components – cattle rearing, pineapple planting and prawn and ornamental fish breeding,” he said during a visit to Ara Kuda TKPM in Butterworth.

Bountiful harvest at the Permanent Food Production Park.

Law said the state Agriculture Department had so far cleared the land which used to be a grazing ground for livestock belonging to the state Veterinary Services Department.

“I hope the department and state Fisheries Department will chip in to install water and electricity supply to the farm.

“Initially we will have six farmers who will grow pineapples on 30ha of the park,'' he said.

On the Ara Kuda park, Law said he was im-pressed with the high productivity and the en-thusiasm of all 15 farmers in striving towards attaining higher yields.

He said the farmers targeted to attain a total revenue of RM727,200 by year-end, adding that until last month, they had attained RM167,748.

Law (centre) being briefed by park project participant Chu Wei Peng (second right) on the vegetables he is growing.

The RM 1.6mil park, covering 80ha was opened in May last year and is among the 45 Permanent Food Production Parks in the country.

Law said the state Agriculture Department should also look at promoting agro-tourism in the state, especially with Penang being a popular tourist destination.

Earlier, Law said he welcomed Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed’s assurance that federal aid and support to all five Pakatan Rakyat states, including Penang, would continue as usual.

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