Mustapa: PAS has failed to develop state's potential


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  • Sunday, 27 Apr 2003

BY YAAKUB DASAN

KOTA BARU: The PAS Kelantan government has failed to implement the national agricultural policy since it took over the state 13 years ago, said National Economic Action Council (NEAC) executive director Datuk Mustapa Mohamad. 

Although Kelantan had the potential to turn into a major agricultural state, the PAS government did not take the effort to do so, he said. 

“I have seen many plots of land which can be developed for agriculture but they are left idle,” he said after meeting 230 State Farmers' Organisation leaders at Balai Islam in Lundang, here yesterday. 

He also handed over the keys to five tractors worth about RM480,000 to State Farmers' Organisation chairman Abdul Aziz Derashid to be distributed to several farmers' organisations in the state. 

Mustapa, also the Kelantan Umno liaison chief, said since the PAS government had failed to implement agricultural projects, the Federal Government had taken steps to beef up agricultural activities to benefit the people. 

“The Federal Government had allocated RM500mil annually for agricultural purposes which is made up of RM400mil in rice subsidy and RM100mil for various facilities,” he said, adding that more funds would be set aside to further develop the agriculture sector. 

In his speech, Mustapa urged farmers to upgrade their efforts in adopting new agricultural technology to enable them to increase profits. 

Earlier, Farmers Organisation Board deputy director-general Samshi Nawawi said Malaysia had spent a sizeable amount importing agricultural produce from Thailand, which included grains, vegetables and sugar. 

He said farmers could help the country balance the import-export disparity by being more industrious and managing their business professionally.  

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