RM1.3 mln for seven agriculture projects in Labuan

LABUAN: Allocations totalling RM1.3 million have been approved for at least seven agriculture development projects here, said Labuan Agriculture director Mohd Jurijh Abdullah Fauzi.

The allocations are for this year under the 11th Malaysia Plan, for vegetable production improvement, replanting of selected fruits, mushroom organic farm development and papaya fruit cluster development.

Other projects include banana fruit cluster development, cash crop cluster development and an urban agriculture programme, he said.

Mohd Jurijh also said an allocation of at least RM300,000 under the short-term National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) would soon be disbursed to Labuan, mainly to boost urban agriculture development.

“The PENJANA fund is to help our local farmers, especially those in the urban area, improve their livelihood and ease their cost of living,” he said at the presentation of the incentive to seven recipients at the Kilan Agriculture Park today.

He also said the Kilan Agriculture Park would soon undergo a facelift, including with the adoption of fertigation technology.

“We have embarked on premium during planting, pandan coconut and hybrid coconut; the Kilan Agriculture Park will soon become a recreation park for visitors with an abundance of agriculture produce,” Mohd Jurijh said.