JELEBU The Negeri Sembilan Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) has purchased 11,190 sugarcane sticks worth RM17,803 from 24 local farmers here during the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) between April 22 and 30.
The purchase was to assist sugarcane farmers in the state as there was no Ramadan bazaar this year and the sugarcane could not be exported to Singapore.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said the state Fama had taken the initiative to process the fresh sugar cane into sweet cane juice to maintain the sugarcane marketing chain.
“Thirty-six sugarcane farmers are affected by the MCO throughout Negeri Sembilan covering 64 hectares, 28 of them are from Jelebu, Seremban (three), Kuala Pilah (two) Rembau (two) and Tampin (one).
“Between April 22 to 30, 24 sugarcane farmers signed an agreement with Fama involving a purchase worth RM17,803. The remaining 12 farmers will sign the agreement in stages soon,” he told reporters during his working visit to Jelebu district here today.
Ahmad said the state government had also allocated RM100,000 to Negeri Sembilan Fama for the purchase of farm produce.
He said two sugarcane processing centre operators had been appointed to process the sugarcane, namely Sweetcane Enterprise in Simpang Durian, Jelebu and Charmecanne Enterprise in Selangor.
“From April 22 to 30, the appointed operators have processed and produced 20,000 bottles of sugar cane juice which have been distributed to Fama operations centres nationwide since April 28,” he said.
Ahmad also visited the Mardi station in Simpang Durian and the Sweetcane Enterprise Sugarcane Processing Centre and Triang Hilir Cluster Padi Scheme Centre here.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency