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BACHOK, April 6 -- Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) is sharing its expertise in the livestock industry with persons with disabilities (PwD) in an effort to help and encourage them to venture into entrepreneurship.
Its vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azizi Ismail said the expertise was being shared through the cross-breed kampung chicken project to help nine PwD from the Pusat Pemulihan OKU (PROKA) Kampung Aur Telong, Bachok.
"This project involves 10 UMK students from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FPV) who contribute skills and knowledge in animal husbandry both in terms of theory and practical as a guide to the participating PwD to manage their chicken farms.
"They (students) provide expertise to the project participants starting with the breeding process to the marketing and business (aspects)," he said at a press conference after visiting the project site at PROKA, here, today.
"Apart from technical expertise, what is important is to change the mindsets of the participants involved in this project...if their mindsets change, then this project will be successful. After this, we will try to involve more students including graduates who are waiting for employment," said Noor Azizi.
He said the project would be implemented for a year from March this year to February 2022 with a total allocation of RM99,800 from the zakat fund of Permodalan Nasional Berhad.
"This project also involves the cooperation of UMK’s FPV, its Poverty Research and Management Institute and Kelantan State Rehabilitation Council, and we aim to rear up to 24,000 cross-breed kampung chickens within a year of this project," he added.