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Hot spell damages 8,900 hectares of paddy fields, RM58m in losses in Kelantan — authority

Publish date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024, 09:57 PM

KOTA BHARU (June 12): A total of 8,900 hectares of paddy fields managed by the Kemubu Agricultural Development Authority (Kada) have been damaged due to hot weather since March, resulting in an estimated loss of RM58 million.

Kada chairman Muhammad Husain said the Paddy Crop Disaster Fund Assessment Committee reported that the losses affected 3,587 farmers in the Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tumpat and Kota Bharu districts of Kelantan.

“Kada views this matter seriously and has presented a report, along with proposed assistance to the Kelantan State Agriculture Department, for federal approval,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Elaborating, Muhammad said Kada remains committed and strives to find the best solution to help paddy farmers deal with their losses.

He further said that the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry has announced two special incentives for farmers, namely the increased ploughing incentive from RM100 to RM160 per hectare per season, and a harvesting incentive at RM50 per hectare per season.

“Through these two incentives, 7,439 paddy farmers under Kada will receive cash assistance of RM210 per hectare per season,” he said.

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