The Agro-Settlement Village Economic Program, in Kampung Gong Jenarah, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, Malaysia proved successful in making chilli crops which among the largest in the state.
The project executive said the agroeconomic project was a cooperation between the Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) and the Kelantan’s Islamic Religious Council (MAIK), showed encouraging production rates from time to time since June 2016.
“With an area of 11.2 hectares capable of producing about 24,000 kilograms (kg) of Kulai’s chilli in 2016 and rising to about 33,000 kg last year.”
“In fact, Kulai’s chilli production until August 15 this year recorded 33,852 kg, which surpassed production last year,” he told the media on the Stakeholder Official Visit to the Agro-Settlement Village Economic Program, in Kampung Gong Jenarah, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan recently.
He also said the total revenue of the participants showed an increase from RM86,000 in 2016 to RM132,000 in last year.
He added that 28 participants who participated in the crop project received different revenue, but only RM1,200 was given to the participants.
“The rest will be separated into a fixed deposit of 70 per cent that will be handed over to participants after five years and 30 per cent for the capital of next season,” he said.
Meanwhile, an asnaf who participated in the project, Mr Zamri Abdullah, 52, said the program had opened its chances for her and her family out of poverty.
He who had previously done various jobs did not earn salary consistently.
“After joining Alam Shah Village project and planting chillies, I now have a steady income to bear the expenses of schooling.
“Alhamdulillah, my son succeeded in becoming a technician in Sepang, Selangor this income. I am very grateful to LZS and MAIK for giving me an opportunity, “he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Tuan Hussein Tuan Mahmud, 55, in addition to earning a living in agriculture, he is pleased to be able to conduct various community activities involving residents and students of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and Community College.
“We are grateful to LZS and MAIK for not only providing programs to improve the economy but also involving us with community activities with students.
“Just after five years, I hope to be given the opportunity to develop all the knowledge received here by cultivating chilli farms in any location,”
Meanwhile, a young participant, Mr Nor Sam Azlan, 32, said he did not have trouble mixing with older participants as his focus was on changing his fortune and family.
“I hope the five-year experience here can be used as a capital for me to cultivate chilli plants and other plants outside.
“All the services of the LZS and MAIK parties will not be forgotten,” he said.