KOTA KINABALU: The BN government is committed to improving the livelihood of padi farmers, says Sabah deputy chief minister Yahya Hussin.
He said the government appreciates the contributions made by the farmers and is aware of the challenges faced by them, such as excessive rain, floods, drought and pests.
“Because of their continued sacrifice to provide rice for us, the BN is giving a RM600 special assistance to each person to lessen their burden,” Yahya said.
Yahya, who is also Sabah agriculture and food industry minister, said this during a ceremony to hand over the aid to padi farmers and goat breeders in Sipitang on Friday. A total of 247 farmers and six goat breeders received the aid.
Yahya said some 28,898 padi farmers in Sabah would benefit from the special assistance programme which amounted to RM17.3 million.
According to him, from that number, 17,214 were padi farmers and 11,684 hill padi growers.
They will receive a RM200 assistance each for three months, totalling RM600 per person.
Yahya said the government had also given many subsidies for plowing, fertilisers, pesticides, seeds and more.
“The government is also providing the infrastructure, such as irrigation, drainage and farm roads, involving millions of ringgit in allocation,” he said.
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