GEORGE TOWN, May 10 – The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) plans to widen the Mosque Farmers’ Market programme throughout the country following the launch of the first one at Bandar Baru Air Itam Mosque, here. FAMA chairman, Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin said that according to plans, the mosque farmers’ market would be opened at every mosque in the state in efforts to empower the mosque. He said Penang would be the pioneer for the programme while Perlis, Melaka and Johor had shown interest to organise the farmers’ market.
“As a start, the farmers’ market at Masjid Bandar Baru will become the first farmers’ market in the mosque grounds in the country that would give an opportunity for more local entrepreneurs to sell their produce. “Local entrepreneurs who are interested can grab this opportunity to increase their income by trading at the farmers’ market at the mosque grounds which will also help to popularise the House of Allah,” he told reporters after the launch of the Masjid Bandar Baru farmers’ market and the Penang 1Malaysia Mobile Market (PB1M), here.
In Penang, among the PB1M locations are at Taman Bertam Indah which operates every Monday from 2.30pm till 5.30pm, Rumah Pangsa Tun Dr. Awang, Bagan Ajam and Flat Ampang Jajar as well as Taman Sri Janggus and Flat Desa Wawasan in Bukit Mertajam. In addition, the market will also be set up in Taman Machang Bubok and Taman Sungai Duri, Pasar Tani Masjid Bandar Baru Air Itam and Pasar Tani Tasek Gelugor.