PEKAN, Oct 7 – The Pekan Integrated Agricultural Development Area (IADA) has applied for an allocation of RM200 million for the development of padi fields in the constituency under the 11th Malaysia Plan. Pahang Rural Development, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said RM1.5 million was spent on the operation and maintenance of padi fields in Pekan last year and the figure had increased to RM2.5 this year.

“However, the allocation was inadequate, especially when we have to address issues related to water sources,” he told reporters after launching the Padiberas Nasional Berhad’s Korban Programme, here today, which was also attended by Pekan IADA director Mohd Yusof Sadi Sutan. Meanwhile, Mohd Yusof said most of the allocation were also meant for the management of water supply in six scheme areas in the constituency.

“It involves the upgrade of canals, irrigation system and farm roads, as well as the construction of other infrastructure,” he said, adding that if the application for the allocation, which was made last April, was approved, all the projects could be completed within the next five years.

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