INTEGRATED FARMING: Programme to raise output, boost agricultural earnings and make state a leading producer, exporter of agro-based products
THE Johor government has embarked on a programme to produce more cattle and goat meat and milk for local consumption and export.
State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry committee chairman Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said this would supplement the income of rural folks.
He said the committee has drawn up programmes to raise farm output, increase farmers' income, boost agricultural earnings and position Johor as a leading producer and exporter of agro-based products.
There will be close monitoring of food manufacturing, fruit cultivation, livestock farming, fish breeding, agriculture-based small- and medium-scale businesses, cottage industries, handicraft and aquaculture.
He said these can be carried out with adequate expertise, manpower and availability of suitable land.
"We have implemented integrated farming where the land can be fully used in many ways," he said in Dewan Datuk Onn, Maktab Rendah Sains MARA, here recently.
Aziz was accompanying Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Noh Omar, who met farmers nationwide during the ceremony to hear their problems.
He said Johor has set aside ample land for growing vegetables, crops and fruits to ward off any global food crisis.
Aziz said these measures would stabilise the food prices.
He called on the people to rear animals in their integrated farms to maximise the use of land and ensure more sources of income.