Farmers look forward to cash aid


KOTA BARU: The cash assistance for owners of private diesel vehicles will benefit more than 7,000 farmers cultivating about 2,645ha of padi under the Kemubu Agriculture Development Authority (Kada) in Kelantan.

Kelantan Padi Farmers Association chairman Zuha Ismail said the initiative showed that the government was concerned about the welfare of farmers.

“Agriculture, especially rice cultivation, is the main occupation for most villagers in Kelantan.

“This cash assistance for diesel will complement all the existing assistance,” he said.

Zuha said agricultural activities involved significant diesel usage, from the seeding process to the crop sale, Bernama reported.

Meanwhile, Malay Express Bus Operators Association Peninsular Malaysia president Laili Ismail hopes that the monthly diesel supply subsidy for express bus operators will continue indefinitely.

“For now, bus operators are provided with mandatory subsidies for diesel supply of 2,880 litres each at RM1.88 per litre every month, resulting in savings of over RM700,” he said, adding that the subsidy allows express bus operators to offer reasonably priced bus fare.

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