Tanjung Karang rice farmers seek govt aid


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

Compiled by FATIMAH ZAINAL, LIEW JIA XIAN and R. ARAVINTHAN

FARMERS in Tanjung Karang, Selangor, are facing big losses due to flooding caused by heavy rain, Makkal Osai reported.

Sungai Burung in Kampung Parit Ampat has about 190 lots of Samba rice fields over some 242ha of land.

The area, located about 15km from Tanjung Karang, arguably has the highest number of ethnic Indian rice farms in Malaysia.

M. Suppiah, K. Nadarajan, and P. Ravichandran – among those who own rice farms here – said the area received heavy rainfall for the last three days.

This has left the newly planted rice plants submerged and they have started to rot.

Replanting the entire area will be a heavy burden for the farmers as it can cost up to RM500 per lot (1.2ha).

Farmers S. Pariyasamy, T. Muthu and S. Letchumanan are urging the government to step in and provide financial assistance to those affected by the floods.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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