PENDANG, April 16 – There is no cancellation in the padi planting activity schedule for the 1/2016 Season in the Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA) area although the hot weather will persist until June. MADA chairman Datuk Othman Aziz said the water levels at the three major dams supervised by MADA, namely, Pedu, Ahning and Muda were at 70 per cent as of yesterday and sufficient for this season.
“We will implement the 1/2016 season according to schedule, no cancellation, and at the same time we help the state government supply water from the Muda Dam to the Beris Dam. In turn, the Beris Dam will channel water via Sungai Muda to Sungai Petani, Kulim, Penang including Penang,” he told reporters after opening the ‘Jom Turun Bendang’ programme at Kampung Pulau Tengah, Mukim Padang Kerbau, here, Saturday.
Also present were Sungai Tiang assemblyman Datuk Suraya Yaacob and Pendang UMNO Division chief Datuk Paduka Md Rozai Safian. According to the schedule, three phases of water supply was established by MADA, namely, March 30, April 9 and April 19. Earlier in his speech, Othman said almost 30 per cent of about 55,000 padi planters in MADA did not use the correct padi seeds resulting in poor quality crops.
He said the authorised padi seeds are produced under the Rice Seed Verification quality standard scheme conducted by the Department of Agriculture as a confirmation agency. In the meantime, Suraya, who is also State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman, in her speech said, the coordination of 449 ha of padi field in Mukim Padang Kerbau here by MADA, which fringes MADA, was much lauded.