Ministry seeks allocation to develop Kedah agriculture sector

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ALOR STAR: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry will be hoping for that Budget 2013 will take into account the importance of further developing the agriculture sector in Kedah, especially rice cultivation.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said  among issues that needed attention was flood mitigation  projects as it could affect the rice production in the state.
"Under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), there is  a RM2 billion allocation for Muda Agricultural Development  Authority (MADA) (to upgrade the infrastructure to increase  the rice production), but without flood mitigation projects, it  will still be a problem," he told reporters after attending an  Aidilfitri gathering, here today.
Yesterday, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul  Razak said the state government hoped to be allocated some  funds in Budget 2013 to overcome the flood problems faced  by the state, to protect rice production.
Mohd Johari said flood mitigation projects were needed in  the state.
Meanwhile, MADA Chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid  said they needed about RM22 million to upgrade the  drainage system in its area to curb worsening land erosion  problems.  - Bernama


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