ALOR SETAR – The Kedah state government had long sacrificed a large part of its land for national food production, and wants the federal government to take note of this.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the state, known as the “Rice Bowl of Malaysia”, had allocated a large area of 240,000 hectares for the purpose of supplying food to the whole country.
“Land totalling 240,000 hectares in Kedah for food supply is very big, it could have been used for other high-productivity activities which would generate income for the state and entrepreneurs, but Kedah made this sacrifice for the sake of ensuring food supply,” he said, today.
He was speaking to reporters after officiating at the state Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen’s Day, here, which was also attended by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
According to Mukhriz, the federal government had taken note of this and had given some priority to Kedah in some matters.
“We are still discussing with the federal government on how it can help (Kedah) in the 11th Malaysia Plan, especially in allocations for economic activities to spur growth,” he said.
He added that discussions between the state and federal governments, especially the Economic Planning Unit, on this had already reached a high level.
Mukhriz said he had also discussed with Ahmad Shabery on complaints he received on the insufficient supply of the Super Tempatan 15 per cent broken rice (ST15) in Kedah, causing difficulties to those who needed it.
He said as the rice-producing state in the country, this should not happen in Kedah and asked the ministry to help solve this problem. – BERNAMA