KOTA BHARU – The insurance scheme for padi farmers affected by natural disasters is now in the final stages of study, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He said the study made by the Agro Bank, among others, was to find the best mechanism so that the implementation of the insurance scheme would not burden the padi farmers.
“We will find a mechanism so that in terms of premium payment for the insurance will not burden the farmers,” he told reporters after officiating the handing over of yield and zakat of Ladang Merdeka Ismail Mulong, here today.
Ahmad Shabery expected to table the findings of the study to the cabinet in the next few months.
“We urge the insurance companies to welcome the matter to protect the farmers so that they would no longer depend on the agriculture disaster fund which was limited and imposed many conditions,” he said.
Meanwhile, the minister said the Kemubu Agricultural Development Authority (KADA) had made preparations to face the drought following the El Nino phenomenon, to channel adequate water to the 28,000 hectares of padi land in the state. – BERNAMA