KUANTAN: Infrastructure development projects worth RM40mil carried out to help increase padi yields in Pahang Tua and Langgar in Pekan are expected to increase the total gross income of its 600 farmers five-fold.
The current padi yield from the 1,225ha is three tonnes per hectare, generating earnings of RM2mil for two seasons’ harvest.
Once the infrastructure works are completed, padi yields are expected to increase to five tonnes per hectare with earnings of RM10mil.
State Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development Committee chairman Datuk Ishak Muhammad said the infrastructure works involved upgrading the drainage system to ensure better water flow to the fields.
“Prior to this, the drainage system was not working efficiently due to several factors such as the porous nature of the soil, flooding during the monsoon season and lack of water resources.
“The problems have been addressed under the development projects to be completed next month and the first planting will be carried out in February.
“However, this will depend on the current wet season,’’ he said after opening a seminar on padi estate management by Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry secretary general Datuk Mohd Hashim Abdullah here yesterday.
Ishak added that this was in line with the government’s call to increase the income of farmers through innovative approaches.
Mohd Hashim also said the estate management would be styled after Felda land schemes where farming activities are carried out in a more systematic manner.
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