Perlis aims to become Malaysia's meat, milk producing hub
Last Update: 22/08/2019
KANGAR, Aug 22 -- The Perlis government is now focusing on developing the agricultural industry, especially livestock and aims to become the country's meat and milk producing hub, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man.
“Although so far no outside parties have shown interest in investing in the industry, the state government has initiated the first steps to develop the sector and hope to make it a reality,” he said in his winding-up speech at the Perlis State Assembly here, today.
Besides, he said, the state government was also focusing on the cash crop sector that has proven to be able to deliver a higher yield.
“The cash crop sector has become a reality in the state, but the participation of farmers is low. Since many companies are carrying out this project, we want to encourage more villagers to participate in cash crop activities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Azlan pointed out that the state government would not approve any applications from residents to acquire land on the banks of Sungai Perlis because it is a river reserve land and subject to law.
Asked about a company that claims to own a piece of land in the area, Azlan said that case was different as the company wants to invest in a tourism-related hospitality project.
“The land is reclaimed land for flood mitigation projects... which the state government has leased to the company for investment, and the area will be used for tourism purposes such as to build hotels, seafood restaurants, and others,” he said.
Azlan also explained that the company was in the process of paying RM35 million for the lease of the land, and it is estimated that the total investment for the tourism project is worth more than RM22 million.
The House adjourned sine die.