TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

22 Jun 2009

BETTER RICE HARVEST WITH NEW CANAL

LEDANG member of parliament Hamim Samuri is happy with the construction progress of a RM1.5 million concrete irrigation canal in Teluk Rimba, Tangkak.

   Ledang member of parliament Hamim Samuri (second from right) visiting the site of the new irrigation canal in Teluk Rimba.
Ledang member of parliament Hamim Samuri (second from right) visiting the site of the new irrigation canal in Teluk Rimba.

The canal is 90 per cent complete and is expected to be ready by next month.

It is also expected to increase the farmers' revenue by 30 per cent.

Hamim said the 4.5km canal would irrigate around 120ha of padi fields.

"Farmers can start planting two weeks after the canal is filled with water.

"Before the concrete canal was built, there had been a shortage of water in the padi fields situated furthest from the original irrigation canal," he said.

"This was because the water would usually seep into the ground and not reach the fields."

SOURCE: JOHOR STREETS, NST, 22 JUNE 2009

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