ALOR SETAR, April 16 (Bernama) -- Some 130 students in Kedah will receive training and guidance on modern agriculture which could educate them towards becoming successful entrepreneurs and subsequently, as agents of change among the community.
Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) chairman, Datuk Latt Shariman Abdullah said its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme would be able to produce more rural school students with knowledge in agricultural technology.
"They comprise students from 13 selected schools in the Kuala Kedah parliamentary constituency who will be guided by MTDC to implement the cendawan kukur (wood fungus), chilli and rock melon cultivation projects," he said after launching the projects, here, today.
Latt Shariman described the programme as a three-pronged one, as besides training and guiding the students in commercial agriculture, it could also deeply interest them to attend school when involved in the projects.
"These projects are overseen by three private companies appointed by MTDC. They are Norsym Sdn Bhd for the 'cendawan kukur' project, Serotech Sdn Bhd (chilli) and Skyscraper Airhydro Sdn Bhd (rock melon), whereby these projects will give returns to the students and schools involved.
Among the schools are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kubang Rotan, SMK Seri Pantai, SMK Seberang Perak, SMK Seri Ampang, SMK Muadzam Shah Kota Sarang Semut, SMK Tunku Abdul Aziz, Simpang Empat and SMK Agama Kedah inAlor Setar.
Latt Shariman said their respective teacher-parent association could also gain knowledge together with the schools involved through these projects, hence spurring agricultural activities among the local community.
He said each of the schools involved would be supplied with 200 chilli saplings, 200 rock melon saplings and 5,000 tree trunks for the cendawan kukur to grow.
According to him, MTDC planned to expand the CSR programme in Kedah but this would depend on the commitment and achievement of students of the 13 schools involved.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Akmal Aiman Nazaruddin,a Form Four student of SMK Alor Janggus, said the programme provided them with early useful exposure to agricultural activities.
"The cendawan kukur which is also called kulat sisir is much favoured by kampung folk, and I am lucky to be among 10 students of my school chosen for the project. I can´t wait to learn and benefit from this agricultural project," he said.