Agriculture Ministry seeks RM6bil to boost rice production

JELI: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry will seek around RM6bil as additional allocation to fund an increase in rice production to overcome the dwindling exports from top rice-producing nations.

A total of RM923mil of the RM6bil is needed just for this year, Mustapa said, adding that the sum was not small but it showed the commitment of the Federal Government to assist low-income farmers.

I am speechless when I see the news. I wonder how they derive the sum of RM6 billion? Teka-teki? And the funny thing is the allocation is going to focus on two PR’s states, i.e. Kedah and Kelantan. If the benefits really fall back on the petanis who are going to toil under the hot sun in the paddy fields, then I support this move. But….

To boost production, the ministry would need to upgrade infrastructure at the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (Mada) in Kedah and the Kemubu Agriculture Development Authority (Kada) in Kelantan.

RM 6 billion carrot to ensure the change of winds in the next four years?

I cannot visualise what is RM 6 billion. Can you?