IPOH: The formula to give a 30-year land lease to 931 farmers in new villages will be used to legalise prawn and fish breeders in Perak.
Announcing this at his last press conference before polling, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the state had received a lot of queries from other farmers in Perak following the recent ceremony in which Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi presented offer letters to the new villagers.
The opposition had accused the Government of not doing anything for other farmers who were cultivating illegally on state land, he added.
"We will continue to legalise the farmers, including fish and prawn breeders by leasing out the land to them," he said.
This, he said, included industrial plots where the investors were facing difficulties converting the land use to industrial status.
Tajol Rosli explained that the 931 farmers at Coldstream and its surrounding areas had been given a 30-year land lease to continue farming there.
"This will allow them to invest money for piping and other amenities," he said.
He added that a similar formula had been given to resolve the land problems of farmers in Chemor and Kanthan who had to make way for the Perak Hi-Tech Park.
He said the illegal fish and prawn breeders were located at Manjung and Kerian while the cockle rearers were at Larut, Matang and Selama.