JASIN: The state government plans to grow date palm trees and sell the fruits for domestic and overseas markets.
It plans to also grow the trees at all mosques in Malacca, said state Agriculture and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasan Abdul Rahman.
It would be a joint effort between Fama and the state Agriculture Department.
“If the effort is a success, the products will be sold at local farmers markets or overseas, such as the agro-bazaar in Singapore.
“Agro-based products, such as fruits and snacks, are in high demand and popular in Singapore,” Hasan said after opening the Malacca Farmers Market Carnival yesterday.
He urged farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs in the state to seize the opportunity to take their agricultural products into the global market and gain lucrative income.
In a related development, state Fama director Mohd Nawi Othman said the agency was targeting RM20mil in sales from the farmers markets throughout Malacca this year. It was RM18.2mil last year.
He said in the first eight months this year, RM13.2mil was collected from 455 dealers trading in the 19 farmers markets in the state. — Bernama