Ministry of Agriculture delivers RM300k on incentives to farmers in Penang panda – Nation



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KEPALA BATAS (Bernama): The Ministry of Agriculture and Agribusiness today has given incentives to the Padi Plantation Plan of RM303.875 to Padi farmers in Penang.

Deputy Minister Sim Tze Tzin said the farmers receiving the incentive were chosen based on areas that were identified as having low yields – less than five metric tonnes per hectare due to land, weed, pest and disease problems.

"The disease padi, bacterial panicle blight (BPB), threatened the pang planting industry and spread throughout the country.

"This can affect 70% to 75% of rice production.A total of 653 ha of the 12,780 ha planted area in the state is affected by the BPB.However, it is still under control," he said.

Yes I was speaking at a press conference after opening the 2019 Penang State Level Campaign on the use of the Authorized Padi Seeds Saturday (April 20).

According to Yes, the use of rice seeds from unauthorized producers, the importation of rice seeds and the use of traditional methods to produce their own rice seeds were some of the factors in the proliferation of BPB disease in the country.

Yes said authorized padi seeds, which were given by the ministry to padi farmers, must undergo a high standard process and receive confirmation from the Department of Agriculture and the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

"The factories that produce authorized padi seeds are also strictly supervised and the government grants a high subsidy to authorized legume seeds.

"If padi paddlers use unauthorized padi seeds, the outbreak of the disease can not be detected and eventually will not only damage their own crops but also the rice fields that surround them," Sim said.

He said the government aims to produce 72,000 metric tons of rice seed per year to accommodate a planting area of ​​284,000 ha across the country.

Meanwhile, Yes advised the farmers of PADI to be more alert and responsible in the conduct of their own agricultural activities.

He said subsidies and aid would still continue for farmers, albeit with some changes, although Malaysia was facing budget constraints.

He also emphasized that all quarters should stop and give up false news about the alleged withdrawal and cancellation of aid to farmers after the new government took office. – Bernama

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