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Old December 2nd, 2008, 01:15 PM   #141
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ECER Set To Woo RM112 Billion Investments By 2020, Says Abdullah
December 02, 2008 18:25 PM

KERTIH, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- The East Coast Economic Region (ECER) is set to woo RM112 billion worth of investments in the next 12 years between 2008 and 2020, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday.

He said the bulk of the investments or 47 per cent of the funds would come from the private sectors from within and outside the country.

Abdullah said the substantive investments would have long-term impact, particularly on the people in this region and Malaysians in general.

"So far, the encouraging progress shown by the ECER Development Council is very satisfying," he said when opening the Plastics Cluster Industrial Park in this oil town here.

He said many projects have been started since the park was launched in 2007.

Of the 105 projects in the drawing board, 77 of them will be implemented by June next year, he said.

The prime minister said he will visit the other economic corridors to personally gauge the progress achieved so far.

"Besides the basic infrastructures needed to attract investors, high-impact agriculture, manufacturing and education projects have already been implemented," said Abdullah who initiated the economic corridor development nationwide to stimulate economic growth and create employment for the people.

To jump-start the economic-centric projects, the government has allocated a a staggering RM2.6 billion approved under the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan, he said, adding that the projects will be continued under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Abdullah said the ECER was committed to implement social development programmes to wipe out abject poverty among the rural folk.

For instance, the 25,000ha agropolitant project involving nearly 9,000 hardcore poor families has been started in line with the government's aim to wipe out abject poverty by 2010.

"The ECER's importance to the east coast states residents is indeed very clear. As a people-friendly socio-economic programme, the ECER's cherished goal is to transform Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu into a developed region by 2020," he added.

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RM2b to pour into state with 'carrot'
By : Rosli Zakaria and Sean Augustin

KERTEH: The East Coast Economic Region is expected to attract up to RM2 billion in private investment following the approval of incentives by the ECER Development Council.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said investors who start their operations at the Kerteh Plastic Park (KPP) before Dec 31, 2015 will be eligible for the incentives.

"With the incentive package, KPP is expected to attract RM2 billion worth of investments that could create 7,000 jobs.

"KPP will also be able to generate development in the manufacturing industry and those related to packaging, medical equipment, building materials, composite and automotive materials.

"In addition, it will encourage the growth of local small- and medium-scale industries," he said at the opening of the Kerteh Plastic Park yesterday.

Abdullah also noted that KPP had attracted five investors, including Hi-Essence Cable Sdn Bhd, which is investing RM85 million, Latenfield Pipe Industries Sdn Bhd (RM40 million) and FMD Polypipes Industry Sdn Bhd (RM20 million).

He said of the 106 projects planned under the initiative, 77 have begun or were in the process of being implemented by next year.

In the next 12 years, he added, the ECER was expected to attract RM112 billion in investments, of which 47 per cent would come from the private sector.

Earlier, when launching the ECER seminar at the Public Service Department Institute in Kemaman, Abdullah said those involved in the implementation of the ECER must look at the initiative seriously.

"We don't want those who are not focused. That is why the training must be of high quality. We need to be serious."
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ECER dijangka terima pelaburan RM112 bilion
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PERDANA Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi bersalaman dengan para tetamu sewaktu tiba untuk merasmikan Seminar Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) di INTAN Kampus Wilayah Timur, di Kemaman, semalam. Turut hadir Ketua Setiausaha Negara Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan (kiri). - Foto Bernama



Manfaat berpanjangan dinikmati seluruh negara: PM

WILAYAH Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) dijangkakan menerima pelaburan berjumlah RM112 bilion dalam tempoh 12 tahun pelaksanaannya dari tahun ini hingga 2020 dengan 47 peratus adalah daripada pelabur swasta dalam dan luar negara.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, berkata beliau yakin pelaburan sebesar itu akan memberikan manfaat berpanjangan kepada seluruh negara, khususnya kepada penduduk di wilayah berkenaan.

Katanya, setakat ini beliau berpuas hati dengan kemajuan yang dicapai oleh Majlis Pembangunan Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur.

"Dalam tempoh hanya setahun sejak dilancarkan pada Oktober 2007, banyak projek sudah dilancarkan dan mencatat kemajuan menggalakkan," katanya ketika merasmikan Kelompok Industri Plastik Kertih (KIPK) di Kerteh, semalam.

KIPK adalah taman industri pengeluaran plastik bersepadu pertama di Malaysia dan terletak di kawasan ECER, yang hingga kini sudah menarik pelaburan RM145 juta.

Taman industri seluas 140 hektar itu bertujuan menggalakkan pelaburan hiliran dalam industri plastik dan yang berkaitan dengan plastik dengan memanfaatkan sinergi dengan kompleks Petrokimia Bersepadu Kertih (KIPC).

Antara pelabur di KIPK kini ialah Hi-Essence Cable Sdn Bhd, pengeluar wayar dan kabel yang melabur RM85 juta, Latenfield Pipe Industries Sdn Bhd (RM40 juta) dan FMD Polypipes Industry Sdn Bhd yang akan melabur RM20 juta bagi mengeluarkan paip plastik.

Abdullah berkata, kerajaan menyediakan pakej insentif tambahan bagi menarik pelaburan swasta ke KIPC bagi membolehkannya mencapai sasaran untuk menarik pelaburan lebih RM2 bilion dan mewujudkan lebih 7,000 peluang pekerjaan.

Bagi menikmati insentif itu, katanya, projek yang dicadangkan di kawasan itu perlu mendapat kelulusan Majlis Pembangunan ECER dan memulakan operasi perniagaan sebelum 31 Disember 2015.

"KIPK dilihat mampu merangsang pembangunan sektor pembuatan dan industri berkaitan seperti pembungkusan, peralatan perubatan, bahan binaan, komposit dan automotif serta menggalakkan pembangunan perusahaan kecil dan sederhana tempatan.

"KIPK hingga kini sudah mempunyai lima pelabur yang berminat. Komitmen pelabur berkenaan sangat bermakna berikutan ketidaktentuan pasaran global sekarang," katanya.

Selain beberapa syarikat tempatan yang sudah komited membuka operasi di KIPK, Petronas juga akan mendirikan sebuah pusat penyelidikan dan pembangunan teknologi yang akan memainkan peranan penting dalam meningkatkan khidmat teknikal aplikasi plastik.

Sementara itu, ketika berucap merasmikan seminar 'Merealisasikan ECER-Komitmen Bersama' anjuran Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (Intan) Wilayah Timur di Kemaman, Perdana Menteri meminta agensi kerajaan dan institusi kewangan jangan terlalu cerewet dan lembab memproses kelulusan projek hingga menjejaskan kelancaran pelaksanaan ECER.

Katanya, semua agensi kerajaan dan swasta, terutama institusi kewangan perlu bersedia sepanjang masa untuk menyemarak dan mempercepatkan pembangunan ECER demi kepentingan rakyat.
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Higher Education Ministry Won't Interfere In PPSMI Issue
December 15, 2008 16:02 PM

KOTA BAHARU, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- The Higher Education Ministry has no plans to interfere in the decision on whether the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) should be continued, its Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said today.

Instead, he said, it was all up to the Education Ministry to decide what was best for the future of education in the country.

"I was made to understand that the Education Ministry is currently mulling over the issue and collecting inputs and feedback to finalise the direction of PPSMI programme. So let them decide first," he told reporters after officiating the state-level meeting for the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) development project for education, here today.

Mohamed Khaled, however, did not rule out the importance of English language to be used as the main module for both subjects.

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A Balanced 2009 Budget For Terengganu
December 14, 2008 19:13 PM

KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- The Terengganu government on Sunday tabled a balanced budget of RM1.799 billion for next year, with RM1.756 billion allocated for supply expenditure and RM43.02 million for charged expenditure.

Chief Minister Datuk Ahmad Said said the huge budget was to ensure that the government was be able to implement high-impact projects and programmes for the people.

"To ensure a stable fiscal situation, the state government decided to continue with the balanced budget policy despite facing some difficulties," he said when tabling the budget at the state legislative assembly Sunday.

Of the RM1.799 billion revenue projected for the year 2009, a total of RM1.576 billion would come from taxes, RM111.5 from non-taxes and other receipts at RM112.11.

The supply expenditure would include, among other things, RM219.47 million for emolument, RM155.69 million for service and supply and RM1.338 billion for grants and fixed payments.

Ahmad said the country's economic situation would have a bearing on the state's economy.

As such, he said, earlier gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection of 5.8 per cent in 2008 had now been revised to 4.8 per cent.

However, he said, several sectors in the state would still be registering encouraging growth including agriculture at 5.3 per cent, construction (4.2 per cent), service (4 per cent), mining (3.4 per cent) and manufacturing (2.7 per cent).

"Although we will strive to create a situation conducive for growth, the state's GDP is expected grow only by 3.4 per cent next year," he said.

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Agency to develop ‘ladang rakyat’ project
Wednesday December 17, 2008
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD

KUANTAN: The Pahang government has appointed Felcra Berhad as the agency to develop its proposed ‘ladang rakyat’ project. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the project was estimated to include 2,919ha of land in six districts - Kuantan, Maran, Lipis, Jerantut, Bera and Rompin.

“Felcra Berhad has been appointed to help improve the income and lifestyle of those people listed in the hard core poor programme.

“The agency was enlisted because it has the expertise and experience to develop as well as manage such projects.

“Felcra has helped increase the income of the hardcore poor by distributing monthly dividends in cash since 1997,” he said here recently.

He said to protect the interest of this focus group, a special state-level committee would be formed to monitor the project, the selection process as well as the distribution of dividends.

The role and responsibility of the committee would be laid out in detail in an agreement between the state government and Felcra Berhad before the project commenced, Adnan said.

The Mentri Besar also said that another Federal agency, Risda, had been given the task to manage a similar project under the agropolitan concept.

“Up to now, the Gahai Agropolitan project carried out in Lipis has been successfully implemented. This project covers a total land size of 222.58ha.

“The participants in this project involved 80 hardcore poor,” added Adnan.

Another agropolitan project in the pipeline would be carried out in Chemomoi and would involve about 1,310ha of land, he said.

Adnan also said all the development cost would be borne by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

He said the objective was to help people rise above the hardcore poverty line bracket and in the process reduce rural poverty.
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Agropolitan RM220j dalam ECER dilaksana Februari
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KOTA BHARU: Projek agropolitan dalam Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) di Kelantan akan mula dilaksanakan menjelang Februari depan dengan membabitkan peruntukan sebanyak RM220 juta.

Pengerusi Majlis Tindakan Persekutuan Negeri (MTPN) Kelantan, Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, berkata projek agropolitan ini merangkumi dua komponen iaitu di Selatan Kelantan membabitkan kawasan Lembaga Kemajuan Kelantan Selatan (Kesedar), manakala di utara melihat penyertaan Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Kemubu (Kada).

Katanya, melalui pelaksanaan projek agropolitan fasa 1A itu di kawasan Kesedar, ia di jangka memberi manfaat kepada lebih 1,000 peserta Program Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT).



"Projek agropolitan ini adalah satu projek besar dan dilihat sebagai satu landasan ke arah memacukan pembangunan ekonomi kawasan Pantai Timur terutama Kelantan selain meningkatkan taraf ekonomi penduduk miskin.

"Kelantan akan memulakan projek itu Februari depan di kawasan Kesedar dengan penyertaan lebih 1,000 peserta PPRT dan di jangka membabitkan peruntukan sebanyak RM220 juta," katanya.

Inisiatif agropolitan di Kelantan yang termasuk dalam ECER adalah pembangunan secara menyeluruh ke arah

meningkatkan taraf hidup penduduk miskin negeri ini, terutama dalam kawasan Kada dan Kesedar dengan masing-masing menerima peruntukan RM58 juta dan RM90 juta.

Projek agropolitan yang keseluruhannya membabitkan peruntukan RM148 juta itu, berusaha membantu kira-kira 9,000 penduduk miskin, termasuk 4,000 daripadanya tergolong dalam miskin tegar.

Dua agensi Kerajaan Persekutuan iaitu Kada dan Kesedar terbabit membantu golongan miskin tegar itu supaya dapat dikeluarkan daripada keadaan itu secara pembabitan mereka dalam projek pertanian yang dirancang nanti.

Mustapa yang juga Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani berkata, bagi fasa 1A ini, ia akan membabitkan kawasan Rantau Manis, Gua Musang dan pada peringkat awal 10 buah rumah akan dibina dengan sasaran 1,000 rumah bagi tempoh setahun.

Katanya, peserta dari PPRT yang terbabit dalam projek ini akan diberikan tapak kediaman selain ladang untuk pertanian bagi diusahakan dalam usaha meningkatkan taraf ekonomi mereka.

"Bagi projek agropolitan kawasan utara, di jangka akan mula dilaksanakan apabila MTPN mendapat laporan lengkap daripada perunding yang ditugaskan membuat kajian mengenai kawasan berkenaan, selesai," katanya.
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IPT patut bantu tingkat ekonomi dalam ECER
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KOTA BHARU: Semua institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) sama ada awam atau swasta yang berada dalam Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) perlu menjadi pemangkin dalam meningkatkan taraf ekonomi masyarakat setempat.

Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, berkata kewujudan IPT dalam ECER, bukan sekadar melahirkan modal insan yang diperlukan untuk pembangunan wilayah berkenaan, malah memberi komitmen membantu masyarakat setempat.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berharap sebarang kegiatan pembangunan dan penyelidikan (R&D) di universiti terbabit, akan turut memanfaatkan masyarakat setempat terutama ke arah meningkatkan taraf ekonomi mereka.



"Pusat kecemerlangan IPT terbabit harus bersedia untuk memainkan peranan dalam menjayakan pembangunan masyarakat setempat terutama menjalankan aktiviti R&D yang mampu memanfaatkan rakyat tempatan.

"Walaupun IPT menjadi antara pemangkin dalam mengeluarkan modal insan yang diperlukan bagi pembangunan ECER, namun pembabitan dalam meningkat taraf ekonomi rakyat setempat harus turut diberi tumpuan.

"IPT harus sedar bahawa mereka tidak boleh berkembang atau wujud secara bersendirian tanpa membabitkan penyertaan masyarakat setempat," katanya selepas merasmikan Seminar Serantau ECER anjuran Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), di sini, kelmarin.

Mohamed Khaled, berkata kewujudan Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) yang menyediakan kursus keusahawanan selain Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) dengan kursus marin, mampu memberi manfaat besar kepada masyarakat setempat.

Katanya, kursus keusahawanan di UMK, dilihat bersesuaian dengan masyarakat Kelantan yang suka berniaga dan mampu menjadi pemangkin dalam membantu meningkatkan taraf ekonomi serta industri terbabit.

"Melalui R&D universiti terbabit, tambah nilai dapat diwujudkan kepada produk tertentu seperti batik. Pengusaha batik akan mendapat khidmat nasihat untuk meningkatkan pengeluaran, sama ada membabitkan pemasaran atau promosi," katanya.

Dalam perkembangan lain, beliau berharap tidak wujudnya salah faham di kalangan umat Islam terhadap usaha membangunkan ECER ini.

Katanya, ECER tidak dapat lari daripada tuntutan agama dan sekiranya umat Islam salah faham mengenainya, mereka akan tercicir daripada arus pembangunan sekali gus menyebabkan matlamat ECER tidak tercapai.

"Agama Islam seharusnya turut menjadi pendorong kepada pembangunan ECER dan umat Islam harus sanggup menerima pembangunan yang akan diwujudkan nanti.

"Sekiranya wujud salah faham mengenai projek mega ini dengan hanya segelintir saja menyokong, akhirnya mereka akan tercicir daripada pembangunan yang sudah dirancang, menyebabkan matlamat ECER tidak dapat dicapai," katanya.
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still very slow, i really wan Malaysia can compete with advanced countries
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Abdullah to launch fruit park project


KUANTAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will launch the East Coast Economic Region's largest fruit park in Lanchang, near Temerloh, on Jan 13.

Stretching over 3,600ha, the park will see commercial fruit orchards in targeted concentration areas.

Some 400ha have been designated as a permanent food production park with the participation of smallholders, hosted by anchor companies. The other 3,200ha have been designated as a modern agriculture project, which allows for new practices.

Created under the National Agriculture Policy as part of the push to develop the fruit industry by 2010, the park will make a substantial contribution to gross domestic product and enhance the balance of trade.
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Taman makanan halal Prima mula beroperasi akhir 2010

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Jan. - Pengeluar daging proses tempatan dan antarabangsa, Prima Agri Products Sdn. Bhd. (Prima) menyasarkan kilang bersepadu dan bertaraf antarabangsa yang pertama di Malaysia, Prima Halal Food Park (PHFP) bernilai lebih RM204 juta, bakal beroperasi sepenuhnya akhir 2010.

PHFP atau Taman Makanan Halal Prima seluas 40 hektar, terletak di Gambang, berhampiran Kuantan, Pahang merupakan sebahagian daripada projek koridor Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER).

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulannya, Datuk Jamaluddin A. Kadir (gambar) berkata, kilang yang dibina mulai 30 Oktober tahun lalu merupakan peluasan daripada kilang tunggalnya di Seksyen 10, Bangi dekat sini.

Jamaluddin berkata, selepas siap kelak, pihaknya menyasarkan pengeluaran daging proses sebanyak 230 tan metrik sehari dengan nilai RM36,000 berbanding 25 tan metrik sekarang.

Katanya, kilang di Seksyen 10, Bangi yang beroperasi sejak 1999 tidak dapat menampung permintaan pasaran eksport yang semakin meningkat.

''Kami mahu menembusi lebih banyak negara dengan produk yang disahkan halal dan berkualiti dari Malaysia,'' katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia ketika ditemui di sini hari ini.

PHFP mempunyai sejumlah 82 lot kilang yang mempelawa pengusaha kecil dan sederhana menceburi bidang perusahaan daging proses.

Daripada 82 lot kilang itu, tujuh daripadanya merupakan kilang bertaraf antarabangsa.

Sehingga kini, kata Jamaluddin, seramai 200 pengusaha IKS direkodkan berminat untuk menyertai program perniagaan di PHFP, namun pihaknya terpaksa memilih 68 pengusaha terbaik sahaja.

Jamaluddin berkata, selepas projek pembinaan itu siap, pihaknya mengunjurkan peratusan eksportnya sebanyak 60 peratus manakala tempatan sebanyak 40 peratus.

Katanya, pihaknya merancang untuk memberi tumpuan kepada pasaran Asia Tenggara selepas berjaya menawan pasaran Asia Barat tahun lalu.

''Industri makanan halal mempunyai potensi besar dan produk halal keluaran Malaysia mendapat pengiktirafan yang meluas dari kalangan negara-negara Barat,'' ujarnya.

Menurut Jamaluddin, di Asia Tenggara, pihaknya ingin mencuba pasaran Indonesia pada tahun depan.

Katanya, daging lembu import yang diproses mendapat permintaan tinggi di negara itu terutamanya bagi pengendali restoran makanan segera francais.

"Kami mahu menjadi pembekal daging proses yang tetap dan terkenal di seluruh dunia selain dijamin status halalnya,'' jelasnya.

Ketika ditanya sama ada permintaan terhadap daging akan berkurangan pada tahun depan berikutan pertumbuhan ekonomi dijangka perlahan, beliau berkata, perniagaannya bagaimanapun dijangka stabil.

Beliau berkata, sektor makanan dijangka kekal stabil pada tahun hadapan kerana ia merupakan sebahagian keperluan asas manusia.

Katanya, selagi rakyat di seluruh dunia memerlukan makanan, sektor itu dijangka terus meningkat dan tidak terjejas walaupun berlaku kelembapan ekonomi.
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Lanchang Fruit Park To Yield RM1.55 Billion


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 (Bernama) -- The 3,600 hectare Lanchang Fruit Park, a project under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), will produce nearly 1.2 million metric tonnes of fresh fruits worth RM1.55 billion when fully operational in 20 years time.

The modern agricultural fruit park, launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Jan 13, is aimed at developing the country's fruit industry to reduce imports, boost exports and encourage downstream ventures into the fruit processing business.

Some 400 hectares have been gazetted as a permanent food production park for the participation of smallholders hosted by anchor companies, while 3,200 hectares is designated for private sector investments.

"When fully operational, the Lanchang Fruit Park will make Pahang one of the country's top producers of fresh fruits as it hits 1,194,883 metric tonnes with an average annual output of 59,744 metric tonnes worth RM77.57 million," said Pahang Agriculture Department director Kamariah Ismail in a statement today.

She said about 60 percent of the Lanchang Fruit Park has already been developed with the balance scheduled to be completed by 2010.

"The output until November last year was 5,430 metric tonnes worth RM7.78 million from 14 private companies and four smallholders. Thirteen other companies and 18 smallholders are in the process of planting fruit trees," Kamariah highlighted.

She said some of the Lanchang Fruit Park's produce had been exported to Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe.

"The quality of fruits is under the strict control of the state and federal departments of agriculture. We adhere to good agricultural practices (GAP) which have standard procedures to control and reduce hazards, risk and ensure food security," she said.

Going forward, Kamariah said more infrastructure facilities would be in place by 2010, including additions to access roads, electricity and fresh water supply.

"For smallholders, they would have access to additional infrastructure such as roads within farms, irrigation and drainage, storage and basic amenities.

"Meanwhile, anchor companies such as the Malaysian Agrifood Corporation (MAFC), will supply quality seeds and initiate contract farming with smallholders and private companies to ensure export standards are met," she said.

Explaining further, she said the MAFC would build and operate a collection, processing and packaging centre (CPPC) to ensure export quality was met.

The Agricultural Department is also providing technical advisory and ancillary support services which include arranging meetings between the farmers and potential buyers, she added.

Kamariah said plans are afoot to encourage downstream fruit-based activities which include fruit cordials, snacks and bakery products.

"These activities will only come on-stream later as the Lanchang Fruit Park is currently in the planting phase," she said.

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Taman makanan dilancar 13 Jan.

KUANTAN 8 Jan. - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi akan melancarkan projek Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan (TKPM) Peringkat Kebangsaan di Lanchang, Temerloh pada 13 Januari ini.

Pada majlis itu, Perdana Menteri akan turut melancarkan Projek Pertanian Moden/TKPM Lanchang membabitkan kawasan seluas 3,600 hektar, yang bakal melonjakkan Pahang sebagai pengeluar utama buah-buahan segar negara.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani dan Hal Ehwal Felda Pahang, Datuk Tan Mohd. Aminuddin Ishak berkata, Projek Pertanian Moden/TKPM Lanchang terletak di bawah Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER).

Beliau berkata, projek itu dijangka menghasilkan 1.2 juta tan metrik buah- buahan segar bernilai RM1.55 bilion apabila beroperasi sepenuhnya menjelang tahun 2020.

"Projek Pertanian Moden Lanchang dijangka meningkatkan dan menjana hasil serta nilai pengeluaran (pertanian). Ia juga akan mewujudkan lebih ramai usahawan tani dan peluang pekerjaan untuk anak tempatan," katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Tan Mohd. Aminuddin menjelaskan, hasil pengeluaran projek tersebut sehingga November lalu berjumlah 5,430 tan metrik dengan nilai kira-kira RM7.78 juta.

Menurut beliau lagi, seluas 3,200 hektar daripada keseluruhan kawasan projek itu telah diperuntukan sebagai TKPM swasta, sementara bakinya seluas 400 hektar sebagai TKPM usahawan tani.

Katanya, setakat ini jumlah keluasan tanah yang telah diusahakan ialah 2,196 hektar melibatkan 1,956 hektar bagi TKPM swasta dan 240 hektar bagi TKPM usahawan tani.

Beliau berkata, ketika ini terdapat 27 buah syarikat swasta dan 23 orang usahawan tani mengusahakan tanaman di kawasan berkenaan termasuk Malaysian Agrifood Corporation Berhad (MAFC).
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Pertanian Moden Lanchang sasar keluaran 1.2 juta tan
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Projek seluas 3,600 hektar hasilkan buah-buahan segar RM1.55b

PROJEK Pertanian Moden seluas 3,600 hektar di Lanchang, projek di bawah Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER), dijangka menghasilkan 1.2 juta tan buah-buahan segar bernilai RM1.55 bilion apabila beroperasi sepenuhnya dalam tempoh 20 tahun akan datang.

Projek yang terletak di Temerloh, Pahang dan bakal dilancarkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi esok, dimajukan bagi meningkatkan lagi pembangunan industri buah-buahan serta eksport negara, selain menggalakkan pembabitan dalam aktiviti hiliran.

ECER, dalam satu kenyataan, menyatakan konsep pelaksanaan projek itu terbahagi kepada dua yang mana kawasan seluas 400 hektar akan dibangunkan sebagai Taman Kekal Pertanian Malaysia (TKPM) untuk usahawan tani yang diterajui syarikat induk, manakala 3,200 hektar lagi untuk swasta.

Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Pahang, Kamariah Ismail, berkata Pertanian Moden Lanchang dijangka meningkatkan serta menjana hasil dan nilai pengeluaran, selain mewujudkan lebih ramai usahawan tani dan peluang pekerjaan.

Katanya, apabila beroperasi sepenuhnya, dusun buah-buahan di Lanchang ini akan menjadikan Pahang sebagai pengeluar utama buah-buahan segar negara setelah mencapai pengeluaran 1,194,838 tan dalam tempoh 20 tahun, dengan anggaran pengeluaran tahunan 59,744 tan bernilai RM77.57 juta.

Beliau berkata, setakat ini 60 peratus kawasan telah dibangunkan dengan baki kawasan belum dibangunkan dijangka siap sepenuhnya menjelang 2010.

"Sehingga November 2008, hasil pengeluaran daripada 14 syarikat swasta dan empat usahawan tani yang beroperasi di kawasan ini adalah berjumlah 5,430 tan dengan nilai RM7.78 juta," katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Kamariah berkata, sebanyak 13 syarikat dan 18 usahawan tani kini masih di peringkat penanaman.

"Ada antara hasil pengeluaran Lanchang sudah dieksport ke Hong Kong, Singapura dan Eropah," kata Kamariah.

Beliau berkata, kualiti buah-buahan di dalam kawasan projek itu adalah di bawah kawalan ketat Jabatan Pertanian di peringkat negeri dan Persekutuan.

"Kami mengguna pakai prinsip Amalan Pertanian Baik (GAP) yang mempunyai prosedur piawaian bagi mengawal dan mengurangkan pencemaran, risiko dan memastikan keselamatan makanan," katanya.

Kamariah menambah, bagi meningkatkan lagi prospek pasaran, Jabatan Pertanian akan menyediakan khidmat nasihat teknikal dan perkhidmatan sokongan termasuk mengaturkan pertemuan antara pekebun dan pembeli berpotensi.

Katanya, rancangan sedang dilaksanakan bagi menggalakkan aktiviti hiliran buah-buahan termasuk kordial buahan, makanan ringan dan produk roti berasaskan buah-buahan.
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LPT bukan projek pilihan raya


Pembangunan Terengganu dirancang menerusi RMK-9 sejak 2006: Mohd Zin

KUALA TERENGGANU: Projek Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) fasa dua sejauh 185 kilometer bernilai RM3.7 bilion yang kini siap 41 peratus adalah bukti kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) melaksanakan projek secara berterusan, sekali gus menolak dakwaan kononnya projek pembangunan di negara ini, termasuk di Terengganu dilaksanakan secara bermusim.

Menteri Kerjaraya, Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed, berkata pelaksanaan setiap projek membabitkan perancangan teliti kerana tiada projek boleh dirancang dan dilaksana dalam tempoh semalaman.

Katanya, kerajaan Pusat tidak pernah menganak tiri atau mengabaikan mana-mana negeri daripada arus pembangunan.



"Layanan diberikan kepada Terengganu sama seperti negeri lain, tidak kira sama ada ia pada musim pilihan raya atau tidak.

"Jadi tidak timbul soal projek untuk pilihan raya kerana semua dirancang sejak sekian lama. Seperti projek Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan (RMK-9), perancangan dibuat sejak 2006. Dakwaan projek pilihan raya tidak masuk akal dan ia adalah tindakan terdesak pembangkang untuk meracuni fikiran rakyat," katanya selepas menghadiri majlis taklimat projek LPT fasa dua di sini, semalam.

Mohd Zin berkata, bagi tempoh RMK-9, Terengganu menikmati peruntukan RM8.1 bilion, jauh lebih tinggi berbanding royalti petroleum yang diterima kerajaan Terengganu sejak 2000 iaitu sebanyak RM6.218 bilion.

Katanya, LPT fasa dua yang bermula Mac 2006 dan dijangka siap Mei 2011 merancakkan lagi ekonomi dan industri utama dan hiliran tempatan seperti pengusaha pasir, batu kuari, kedai alat ganti, kilang besi, kilang pembancuh konkrit dan kedai perkakasan.

Beliau berkata, pembinaan lebuh raya itu memberi kemudahan kepada pengguna di Pantai Timur, khususnya di Terengganu, selain bertindak sebagai pemangkin kemajuan di negeri itu seperti peningkatan taraf sosioekonomi, pembukaan bandar baru, industri kecil dan sederhana serta mengembangkan lagi industri pelancongan.

"LPT fasa dua juga mengimbangi kadar pertumbuhan ekonomi yang sama rata di antara negeri di Pantai Timur dan Pantai Barat seiring dengan pelancaran pembangunan Koridor Pantai Timur (ECER)," katanya.

Ditanya mengenai kadar tol, beliau berkata, sama ada pengguna dikenakan tol atau tidak, akan diputuskan Mei ini. Bagaimanapun, beliau memberi jaminan kadar dikenakan tidak membebankan pengguna.

Mohd Zin berkata, selain LPT fasa dua, sebanyak 365 projek pembangunan dirancang di Terengganu dalam RMK-9 termasuk 71 projek yang sudah siap.

Katanya, bagi tempoh 2006-2008, Terengganu menerima peruntukan pembangunan sebanyak RM2.53 bilion dan daripada jumlah itu, RM2.4 bilion dibelanjakan untuk projek dirancang.

Bagi tempoh dua tahun lagi, Terengganu akan menerima peruntukan RM2.4 bilion.

"Semua projek dirancang adalah untuk jangka panjang dan bukan bermusim seperti yang didakwa pembangkang. Setiap projek sudah tentu mempunyai prospek positif ke arah menaik taraf negeri ini dan membuka peluang pekerjaan baru kepada penduduk," katanya.

Mengenai projek lebuh raya menghubungkan Terengganu dan Kelantan, Mohd Zin berkata, projek berkenaan masih pada peringkat kajian dan jika dilaksanakana, projek itu akan bermula dalam RMK-10.
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Lanchang promises a fruitful harvest
Published: 2009/01/12


Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Datuk Mustapa Mohamed speaks about his expectations for the Permanent Fruit Production Park and other issues related to the project

QUESTION: What are MOA's expectation for Lanchang?

Answer: In the first place, I would like to take the opportunity to clarify that the agriculture development project in Lanchang, Temerloh, Pahang is a Permanent Fruit Production Park (Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan or TKPM). The TKPM programme is a special programme introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and Agro-based Industry under the 8th Malaysia Plan, to make available government land for fruit crop production. It involves a tripartite arrangement between the federal government, state government and entrepreneur. Under the TKPM concept, the state government has to set aside suitable land for agriculture production; the federal government to provide funding for basic infrastructure development; and the entrepreneurs to lease the land and partake in agriculture production.

There are currently 45 TKPM projects under the Department of Agriculture and TKPM Lanchang is one such project. TKPM Lanchang is unique in the sense that it covers an extensive area of 3,600ha. The project is divided into two components i.e. TKPM Usahawan which involves only individual entrepreneurs; and TKPM Swasta which involves only commercial companies.

TKPM Lanchang is of special significance to the Ministry Of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, especially to the Department of Agriculture, as it is a concerted effort to showcase the development of a modern agriculture farm; with involvement of both entrepreneurs and commercial companies. The ministry has high expectations for the success of this project, as it will serve as a catalyst for the much desired transformation of the Malaysian agriculture sector. The main thrust of development will be based on the cluster approach; and it is hope that such an approach will enhance the supply-chain management system as well as the competitive edge of Malaysian agriculture products.

Q: What does MOA foresee on farmers uptake in Lanchang?

A: The response shown by farmers is overwhelming; where applications far exceed the lots available for farming. This situation is common in all the TKPM projects in the country. Current status and participation of farmers in TKPM Lanchang are shown in the table.

Q: How much additional output will Lanchang bring to the market?

A: TKPM Lanchang, upon maturity is expected to produce 60,000 tonnes of fruits per annum with an estimated market value of RM78 million.

Q: How will Lanchang change the agriculture landscape of ECER?

A: TKPM Lanchang will have a significant impact on the agriculture landscape of ECER because the project is expected to have an annual production of 60,000 tonnes, with an estimated market value of RM78 million.

Q: What can MOA do to make Lanchang a success?

A: MOA has put in place a comprehensive support package to ensure the success of TKPM Lanchang. The support package covers both pre- and post-production phase of the project; and include financial and as well technical services. The assistance provided are:

* Development of basic farm infrastructures (Pre-production period):

* Development of basic farm infrastructures (Pre-production period)a) TKPM Usahawan : land clearing, farm road, drainage system, irrigation system (irrigation ponds and main line), utility supply (electricity and water), farm collection center.

(b) TKPM Swasta : farm road, drainage system, utility supply (electricity and water), irrigation pond.

* MOA Incorporated Services (Post production period):

* MOA Incorporated Services (Post production period)a) Project Management

(b) Technical consultancy

(c) Credit facilities (provided by Agro Bank)

(d) Malaysian Farm Certification Scheme (Skim Amalan Ladang Baik Malaysia or SALM)

(e) Marketing assistance (provi-ded by FAMA)

Q: How can MOA help Lanchang farmers i.e. training, financial assistance, management programmes etc?

A: Under the MOA Incorporated platform, the performance of all farmers in TKPM Lanchang will be constantly monitored by the Pahang State MOA Incorporated Committee. This committee is headed by the State Agriculture Director and members are drawn from all agencies under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry. Whatever problems encountered and aid needed; irrespective of whether they are financial, technical, marketing or otherwise, will be discussed and appropriately addressed by the Pahang State MOA Incorporated Committee. All State MOA Incorporated Committees are monitored by the ministry.

Q: What are some measures taken for disease control?

A: One of the main pest problems encountered in all fruit growing areas is the control of fruit flies. For Malaysian fruits to penetrate the international markets, it is important to put in place an effective programme to control the population of fruit flies in fruit production areas.

The Department of Agriculture has put into implementation a comprehensive fruit fly control programme in TKPM Lanchang. Under this programme, the fruit fly population will be assessed weekly by counting the number of flies caught in each fly trap. Fruit fly control activities will be carried out if the number of flies caught (in each trap) breached the ETL (Economic Threshold Level). This programme is expected to enhance the quality of fruits produced in TKPM Lanchang.

Q: Will the global economic slowdown have an effect on Lanchang?

A: The global economic slowdown is not expected to have an adverse effect on the development of TKPM Lanchang (and other TKPM projects). This is because food is a basic necessity for human survival; and to a large extent not dictated by economic development, especially in Malaysia where we are beset with a widening food crop trade deficit. The development of TKPM Lanchang is expected to proceed as planned.

Q: How can Lanchang maintain its fruit quality?

A: Food safety and quality are important requirements, not only in domestic but also in international markets. To ensure that fruits produced by TKPM Lanchang are of the highest quality, the Department of Agriculture has made it mandatory for all TKPM farmers to apply for Malaysian Farm Certification Scheme (Skim Amalan Ladang Baik Malaysia or SALM). Extension and technical advisory services for SALM certification are provided directly to all participating TKPM farmers (by Department of Agriculture officers).

To ensure that Malaysian SALM products have a wider international appeal, efforts are currently undertaken by the Department of Agriculture to benchmark SALM standards against that of GlobalGAP.

Q: Finance has been touted as one of the major obstacles in fruit farming. How can this concern be alleviated?

A: The TKPM programme was formulated during the 8th Malaysia Plan to specifically address the financial concern of potential investors (in food crop production). To reduce the financial exposure of agriculture entrepreneurs, the government has agreed to finance the cost of basic farm infrastructure development and at the same time to lease the land to interested entrepreneurs at a very competitive rate; so as to enable them to participate in production directly and to compete effectively, either in the domestic or international markets.

At the same time, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry has classified all TKPM projects as MOA Incorporated projects so as to enable all TKPM farmers to have easier access to credit facilities provided by Agro Bank.
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Boost in fruit output in Lanchang
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KUANTAN: A food production park in Lanchang will produce 1.2 million tonnes of fruits worth RM1.55bil when it is fully operational in 2020.

State Agriculture, Agro-based Industries and Felda Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Tan Mohd Aminuddin Ishak said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will launch the park on Jan 13.

He said the project under the East Coast Economic Region masterplan was aimed at developing the country’s fruit industry to reduce imports, boost exports and encourage downstream ventures in fruit processing.


Better produce: Tan Mohd Aminuddin (left) and Mahadiah speaking at the press conference on the food park in Kuantan recently.

“Some 3,200ha have been gazetted for private sector investment and 400ha for smallholders.

“It is expected to increase output, generate value, create entrepreneurs and provide employment opportunities,” he told a press conference here.

Also present were state Economic Planning Unit director Datuk Mahadiah Mohamad and state Agriculture Department director Kamariah Ismail.

Tan Mohd Aminuddin said that four types of fruits would be planted – papaya (2,000ha), dragon fruit (1,000ha), guava and star fruit (600ha).

When fully completed, Pahang would be one of the country’s top fresh-fruit producers with a projected annual output of 1,194,883 tonnes or 59,744 tonnes monthly worth about RM77.57mil, he said.

He said that 60% of the park had been developed and the balance was scheduled for completion by 2010.

“Output till November last year was 5,430 tonnes worth RM7.78mil by 14 private companies and four smallholders.

“Another 13 companies and 18 smallholders are planting fruit trees and awaiting yields,” he said, adding that the investment by the companies and smallholders so far was RM20mil.

Tan Mohd Aminuddin said that some of the produce was exported to Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe but the bulk was for the local market.

He said that anchor companies such as Malaysian Agrifood Corporation would supply quality seeds and conduct contract farming with smallholders and private companies to ensure export standards were met.

“The project will not be affected by the economic situation as the federal and state governments have invested RM14.12mil in infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water supply, irrigation and drainage, storage and basic amenities,” he said.
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‘Govt sincere in wanting to develop east coast’
Updated: Tuesday January 13, 2009 MYT 4:21:06 PM
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KUALA TERENGGANU: The Federal Government is sincere in wanting to see Terengganu and other east coast states develop as fast as those in the west coast.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak said in the case of Terengganu, the state and federal governments already have a vision on how the state was to be developed.

The vision would be systematically implemented, he added.

He said the Federal Government had already agreed in principle to a proposal to set up the Terengganu Investment Authority, an idea mooted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agung Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin recently.

“We have already agreed in principle to the proposal and are awaiting the working paper that is being prepared by the state government.

“The proposed new authority would ensure that the economy of the state, and thus the livelihood of the people of Terengganu, will always be assured even when the oil royalty is is no longer available,” he said at the excellence award ceremony for Kuala Terengganu City Council here on Tuesday.

The new authority, he said, would receive RM10bil for the purpose of investing either in local or overseas markets.

“It will be run by professionals and will not involve any politician,” said Najib, adding that he was confident that the authority would further boost the state economy to new heights.
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Extra RM25mil boost for Lanchang food park


TEMERLOH: Pahang has been given an additional RM25mil to boost the activities of the Lanchang Permanent Food Production Park.

It was previously given RM14mil for infrastructure, said Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the Lanchang park here yesterday.

Mustapa said Lanchang, just an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, had the potential to become a food production centre.

“We should think of ways to turn it into an agro-tourism attraction,” he added.

The Lanchang park was developed in 2003 involving 3,600ha. When fully operational, it can produce 60,000 metric tonnes of fruits annually with market value of RM78mil.
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One-stop centre for investors
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD


BENTONG: A one-stop centre will be set up to fast-track applications and approvals for the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) projects.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the one-stop centre would be a single point of contact to process applications before approval by the Finance Ministry.

“Potential investors do not have to run around to get their applications done.

“They will obtain the necessary information and understanding on essential matters involving their interests in one place,” he told a press conference after attending an ECER development council board meeting here yesterday.

The one-stop centre will have its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. An office will be set up in every state.

Abdullah also said that an allocation of RM2.6bil had been identified for 107 projects under the ECER with 48 already commenced last year.

“Twenty-nine more will begin by the middle of this year, with 22 projects to start before end of 2009. A further eight will be implemented by early of 2010,” he added.

On an agropolitan programme in Besut and Setiu, Abdullah said it would involve 3,000 poor households and would commence by the middle of this year.

He added that the infrastructure to support the various economic clusters, such as the Kuala Terengganu International Airport had been completed, while other projects such as Phase Two of the East Coast Expressway was expected to be completed by 2011.

To a question, he said projects under the ECER would continue and there would be no delay in spite of the current economic situation.

On whether there would be a second stimulus economic package, Abdullah said it would be announced if the need arose.
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