Chong: ‘Deposit’ unused land


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  • Saturday, 30 Jan 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth’s Koperasi Petani Muda Malaysia (KPMM) is calling for land owners to “deposit” unused land in its Land Bank Project.

MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon said the project, a matchmaking effort between land owners and agriculture entrepreneurs, aims to optimise land use and boost the agriculture sector for both the local and international markets, especially in food produce.

“Looking at the economic situation, KPMM is encouraging youths to join the agriculture sector, which has a lot of potential and opportunities,” he told a press conference to launch the Land Bank Project at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

However, Chong noted that many of the youths had voiced their concerns that they did not have the land to develop their projects.

The Land Bank Project is a land collection mechanism open to land owners to place their vacant plots.

KPMM, which acts as mediator to match suitable land owners with entrepreneurs, will also give professional help by advising entrepreneurs on the possible projects according to the type of land.

New start: Chong (centre) at the launch of the Land Bank Project at Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur. With him are KPMM secretary Daniel Wa (left) and KPMM director Ling Kah Chok.
New start: Chong (centre) at the launch of the Land Bank Project at Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur. With him are KPMM secretary Daniel Wa (left) and KPMM director Ling Kah Chok.

It would also offer technical and technological support.

“The older generation of farmers would tell us that they do not need much technical support because they have been farming for many years, but our concern is to use advanced technology to optimise farming and not hurt the environment.

“Most of the farmers are using fertilisers that contain harmful chemicals,” he added.

Chong said the interest of entrepreneurs and land owners would be protected by signing a contract once a matching between them was successful.

“We are looking at as early as two months (after getting the land) for a match. We also have a lawyer who would help the two parties get into an agreement,” he said.

For further information, contact KPMM at 03-7972-9819 or e-mail kpmmalaysia@gmail.com.

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