“All the water pumps that we have in our storage will be mobilised through our respective state offices to assist the padi farmers,” said its director-general Mohd Nasir Warris at a programme with the media yesterday.
He was asked to comment on the ongoing plight of padi farmers due to the severe hot weather in several areas in Kedah.
Several farmers expressed their concern that the prolonged dry season would damage their crops.
The worst affected areas are Kampung Charok Kering, Sungai Jagong and Lubuk Reba in the southern part of Pendang, about a 40-minute drive from Alor Setar.
On a separate matter, Mohd Nasir said the department aimed to market the durian king variety on a large scale and urged local farmers to replace the substandard varieties with higher quality ones.
“We managed to plant about 1.576 million trees across the country.
“The musang king variety makes up about 599,000 trees, contributing about 36% in terms of the total varieties.
“I believe that in the near future, we can increase it to about 50%,” he added.
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