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Ministry’s secretary general Datuk Mohd Sallehhuddin Hassan (two, left) said the matter had to be discussed further before it could be presented in Parliament next year. (NSTP/SYAMSI SUHAIMI)

TUMPAT: Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry ministry is planning to introduce group insurance for farmers to help them to overcome their losses during flood season.

Ministry’s secretary general Datuk Mohd Sallehhuddin Hassan said the matter had to be discussed further before it could be presented in Parliament next year.

He said group insurance was being considered because many farmers did not have any insurance and almost every year they experienced losses due to disasters.

“Before this, if there was a loss the ministry would set up a disaster fund to help farmers who were facing problems. Hopefully this insurance will be able to assist them in future.

“We are in the process of evaluating suitable methods for the insurance and we have received a lot of suggestions from many quarters.

“However, we will study the issue as soon as possible so that it will not cause any problem to the government or the farmers. God willing, we will finalise this and take it to the cabinet for decision by next year,” he said.

Sallehhuddin said this at press conference after launching Young Agropreneur Workshop for Tumpat District here today.

On the programme, Sallehhuddin said the ministry has targeted 1,000 participants to join the programme, especially young people.

“This is one of initiatives by the government to gain attention from youth to immerse themselves in the agriculture sector.

“So far, only 30 per cent of youth is involved in the agriculture sector and we want the number to increase. Those who believe they are capable can apply for Youth Agropreneur aid,” he said.

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