By Mustakim Ramli
SHAH ALAM, July 29 — The state government will continue to provide assistance and incentives to farmers, ensuring inflation does not greatly impact them.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the aid in agriculture and animal feed inputs has helped farmers affected by rising production costs of between 25 to 100 per cent.
“We also increased the number of locations to sell their products directly to consumers, through Agro Prihatin initiatives like Selangor Agro Market and Ehsan Programme, at a lower price than compared to sales conducted through middlemen.
“We have implemented this in over 53 state constituencies and at eight locations during the festive season…where over 153,000 chickens were sold. We hope this will reduce the farmers’ burden,” he said at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly here today.
Amirudin was responding to a query from Sungai Air Tawar state assemblyman Datuk Rizam Ismail, on efforts by the Selangor government to ensure farmers are not affected by inflation.
On June 19, during the Jelajah Selangor Penyayang (JSP) roadshow in Hulu Langat, the state government announced a RM2 million allocation for farmers.
The initiative include inputs like seeds, fertilisers and machinery, as part of the efforts to help farmers produce quality products.