SETIU – The Terengganu state government has identified a 400-hectare site to cultivate maize as an effort to improve the income of some 22,000 people in the state.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the project, to be implemented in stages throughout the state, was in line with the country’s initiative to reduce the import of maize grains for the livestock industry.
Malaysia imported up to four million metric tonnes of maize grains, worth RM3.1 billion annually, to cater for the livestock industry, a figure which is very high.
“Maize production on a large scale in Terengganu can reduce the country’s dependence on supply from other countries and reduce the outflow of our currency,” he told reporters after launching a maize cultivation under the Terengganu Economic Transformation programme in Rhu Tapai, near here yesterday.
Ahmad Razif said currently Green World Genetics Sdn Bhd (GWG) has invested RM27 million in maize cultivation as an effort to reduce the import of maize grains from abroad.
He said GWG had set up an Excellence Centre that would serve as a research station for farming programmes, especially to develop genetic species that can produce high yields.
“Apart from developing the farming industry, I hope the centre can also become a tourist attraction and a centre for providing information about matters related to farming, processing and end products,” said Ahmad Razif. – BERNAMA