THE Relau Agriculture Centre in Penang, which is under-utilised and under-developed, will be turned into a tropical fruit hub and maintained as a green lung.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Law Choo Kiang said the land, if utilised to reach its full potential as an agriculture, tourism and recreational centre, would yield revenues and generate profits for the state.
Located about 20km from George Town, the centre had the potential to become a tourist attraction, as there were rambutan and durian trees and plants with beautiful flowers, and orchids grown there.
“The proposal to turn the centre around and make it an agro-tourism attraction is because we want to maintain the area as a green lung.
“The centre has the potential to become a tourist attraction, which introduces our local tropical fruits. If planned properly, it can also be an ideal family recreation park,” he said during a working visit to the centre on Thursday
Stressing on the land’s development, he ruled out that it would be converted for housing and commercial projects.
He added that the state was opened to proposals on the centre's development from the private sector.