TANGKAK: The Johor Veterinary Department has allocated RM1mil to help some 100 farmers improve their livelihood under the Azam Tani Project programme.
Its director Dr Kamarudin Md Isa said the aid covered cattle breeding, seedlings, fertilisers, and even motorcycles with sidecars for those involved in petty trading.
He said the programme was part of the 1Azam programme launched by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
“Our aim is to improve the living standards of villagers involved in farming and cattle breeding.
“Besides providing them with cows and goats, we also gave motorcycles with sidecars to those who sell vegetables,” he said at the presentation of the Azam Tani aid to 30 villagers from Ledang and Segamat in Bukit Gambir here, recently.
Dr Kamarudin said Johor had been the nation’s biggest agro- based food warehouse and produced beef, mutton, chicken and eggs for several years.
Eggs in particular, were supplied to other states in the country and exported to Singapore as Johor supplied about 300% more than the nation’s need for the product.
He said the department had also allocated some 3,000ha of land to those interested in breeding cattle in a move to increase the supply of beef and mutton.
At the same time, he said the state had stringent regulations on all livestock entering the country to control diseases and ensure that local livestock were not infected.
Commenting on the event, Ledang MP Hamim Samuri said all Azam Tani aid recipients should be grateful to the Government and utilise the aid to improve their livelihood.
He said not every villager was picked to receive the aid and those selected by the Ledang district office were the ones that were truly in need.
“We are fortunate to have the Barisan Nasional Government and state government, which truly care for the people’s needs.
“I hope the villagers will continue to give their support to the Government,” he said.
SOURCE: THE STAR, SEPT 17, 2012