Farmers, Fishermen, Breeders Get One-Off RM300 Aid From Sabah Ministry

By ILONA ANDREW
LUYANG: Those contributing to the food-supply chain will receive a one-off RM300 aid from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI).

Its minister Datuk Junz Wong said, the food suppliers will all receive the aid regardless of whether they qualify as B40 or M40.

“The ministry will channel RM300 to your bank account for rubber tappers, farmers, fruit planters, fishermen and breeders.

“For those who have already registered under my ministry, we have your details but we need your bank account numbers,” he said in a statement issued here, Sunday.

He urged those who have yet to submit their bank account details to go to their respective district agencies.

“If you are a rubber tapper in Tenom, go to the Sabah Rubber Industry Board office in Tenom,” he explained.

“I will also try to help those not registered under any agencies of MAFI. Please also come forward because we need to identify you. We need your details so that my ministry can help you,” he added.

He stressed that applicants working in two sectors, such as breeding and farming, will only receive RM300, and not twice the amount.

Junz also stated that a holistic plan to resolve problems faced by agropreneurs during the movement control order (MCO) is also underway.

“Apart from short-term relief, a holistic plan to resolve problems faced by local players contributing to the food chain will be finalised soon.

“The holistic plan will tackle issues involving local produce, marketing, logistics, transportation and sales, which will also addresses issues pertaining to the food-chain related industries such as fertilisers, seedlings, animal feed and fish mills,” he said.

Junz also assured that his ministry will ensure farmers and fishermen survive the crisis in order to sustain the continuity of food supply in Sabah.

He also urged local agro players to apply for any available assistance during the MCO.

“There are also schemes and assistances decided during my first national-level Meeting with Federal Agriculture Minister, Datuk Dr. Ronald Kiandee on March 31.

“You can apply for aid like the RM4.5 billion micro credit loan, the RM1,600 one-off Bantuan Prihatin Nasional, the RM2,000 employee-wage subsidy from PERKESO, the 15 to 50 per cent electricity rebate (for aquaculture and closed door breeders) and the ones funded by the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia and Farmers’ Organisation Authority,” he said.