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Mohd Khairul Nizam Ramli, 37, (right) and fellow fisherman Airul Azuan Abu Bakar, 41, goes fishing in the waters in the Straits of Malacca, 15 minutes away from the Kampung Kelanang jetty, Banting, on January 3, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

RM1.5 mln to boost food supply sector, help affected groups

By Khairul Azran Hussin

SHAH ALAM, Jan 25 — A total of RM1.5 million has been allocated by the Selangor government to boost the food supply sector that is affector by the Covid-19, says the state executive councillor for agriculture.

Izham Hashim said initiatives that will be disbursed soon include petrol vouchers for fishermen, agricultural products for farmers, animal feed for livestock entrepreneurs and raw materials for agro-based industry.

“We hope that the effort would alleviate the burden of the groups while also encouraging them to continue increasing their income and produce.

“The state government will continue to holistically help out those affected by the movement control order (MCO),” he told SelangorKini yesterday.

On January 20, Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari announced a RM2 million allocation to help those in the food supply industry.

Aside from distributing petrol vouchers, agricultural products, animal feed and raw materials, a total RM500,000 will be channelled for the food basket programme to 7,000 individuals in the sector.

The move is part of the Kita Selangor Package, which is valued at RM73.877 million and was introduced to ease the burden of the people that are impacted by the MCO as well as to channel funds to fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.

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