often at a young age, the age spent a lot of knowledge. While spare time is filled with tea and hang out with friends or enjoy yourself.But not for Zulkifli Awang , 33, who since the early 20′s been toiling in the fields in Machang village in Kelantan. He was then started familiarized herself with the cultivation of rice, as rice fields surrounding the village is the area.
Zulkifli who shared about the difficulties that had to go through because not educated notify , he does not regret involved in agriculture despite the toil, perseverance at a young age.
” I was initially just continue efforts to cultivate rice on an area of four hectares owned by my late father in the village, “he said originated from the village Hill Tiu, economic subject.
Just had the approval of the Lower Secondary Assessment (PMR), Shahid admits he did not know what to do.
” I’m too lazy to continue their studies at the and finally help my father, “he said when met at the project site rice cultivation in Kelaweh, inconclusive. He was found in visit program officer – officer of the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) which is accompanied Utusan Malaysia at the recent inconclusive.
As he watched the machine cut away view of rice is completed work in one of the fields concentrated there, Zulkifli said he still remembers helping his father operate peritnya rice crops without using machines.
The use of water buffalo to plow the land once the practice of the villagers. He married in 2000 and now has a child does not forget the words father-in-law is not so confident in its efforts to cultivate rice.
Father-in-law” I never said so today when he himself was working on 20 hectares of paddy area, “he said with a smile.
incessant effort finally saw success when the longer rays of the project, particularly rice farmers MRQ 74 variety which was initially just to help his father is making headway.
Zulkifli was then not look back when the project was initially utilize rice varieties MARDI findings grown since 2000 as the MR219 and MR220 switch to new varieties.
Over the past few years, he has turned to the MRQ 74 varieties of fragrant rice and increase the area planted to about 41 hectares at present through a lease from the owner.
Success Zulkifli also have to be exemplary as far armed with PMR certificate and several certificate courses operate machinery, not much can be done to change the fate of life. But this time, he has several machines such as the plow, of the combine and several trucks and 25 employees. This does not include hard-earned their own vehicles for over a decade of its rice farmers.
Most recently, he able to acquire 125 tons of rice by the 26 hectare after harvesting of the plantation he owned the whole area now.
More delight in the record of success, Shahid has been involved in the cultivation of melons near the 4.8-hectare Prison Complex inconclusive.
Meanwhile, according to researchers in MARDI rice, Datuk Dr. Othman Omar , many cultivated varieties there is a kind of MRQ 74 or rice Maswangi. He said it was part of the Rice Production Enhancement Project under the Economic Transformation Program (ETP), which includes three E ntry Point Project ( EPP), the EPP 9, EPP 10 and EPP 11.
Project” in Machang is under EPP 9 which involves the production of fragrant rice outside the barn,” he said.
According to Dr. Othman, the project involves a number of EPP nine states, including Kelantan, Pahang, Malacca and Langkawi in Kedah.
” This project is driven through the provision of DRIVER.
“The rules is through contract farming to the company pursued its own leader and leading companies through your rent idle land from landlords who could not afford to operate their fields, “he said. He said, DRIVER an allocation to the leaders to recover the land or abandoned fields.
” In Kelaweh, it involves a contract growers by operators and the first season involves 40 hectares, “he said.Company leaders signed a contract with the operator that determines the purchase price and other terms. According to Dr. Usman, a 40-hectare area was originally fields of idle land or leased by the operators. Based on the average an owner has one hectare of rice field, with the project, at least 25 owners of fields benefit. There are other areas that hired directly by the companies in which the number of farmers’ leader who is a public benefit, depending on the area of the site. tenancy agreement is usually made by CDC or through discussions with the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK)
MRQ 74 Most rice farmers in Kelantan is the grower contracts involving a total area of 132 hectares of
In the meantime, several other states also identify the individual involved with the project – 48 acres each in Pahang, Malacca 40 hectares and 60 hectares in Langkawi.