TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

16 Disember 2010

ENTREPRENEURS PRODUCE MORE THAN RM200mil WORTH OF FOOD

By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
metro@thestar.com.my

TANGKAK: The state government has estimated entrepreneurs in the agro-industrial sector in Johor have produced more than RM200mil worth of food products since 2002.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said this was based on the production value of 100 entrepreneurs which hit RM150mil since the launch of the entrepreneurs encouragement scheme in 2002.

This shows the encouragement scheme has assisted budding entrepreneurs since 1995 and many were earning good income every month.

“We are proud of their successes and urge new entrepreneurs to be committed in all their ventures,” he said before presenting machineries to 415 new entrepreneurs from throughout Johor here recently.

Abdul Ghani said the state had allocated more than RM5.5mil worth of machineries to 1,548 entrepreneurs since 2006 and another RM1.29mil this year.

He said many of the locally produced food were not only marketed in the country, some like satay, which was served onboard MAS airlines, reached all over the world.

Earlier, State Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said entrepreneurs in Johor should make their products attractive.

He said they should know the tastes of the younger generation as well as those who liked Western food, besides making traditional cookies for the older folks.

He said the villagers who make crackers or krepek from tapioca could add cocoa or chocolate to their cookies or make cookies with a touch of black pepper.

He said they should continue to learn new technology and adopt modern techniques to improve production lines to compete with others.

The Government will continue to give its support to new entrepreneurs for them to grow and we will provide the necessary assistance when needed.

“Our aim is for all new entrepreneurs to earn more than RM3,000 a month and hope to produce more entrepreneurs in small-scale industries,” he added.

SOURCE: THE STAR, DECEMBER 16, 2010

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