DEPUTY Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the agencies and departments under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry (KKDW) to increase efforts to alleviate rural poverty by guaranteeing the efficiency of all plans and programmes aimed at the rural population.
Zahid, who is also the KKDW Minister stated that further efforts are required to meet Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s aim of eradicating hardcore poverty at all levels.
“I hope that the (KKDW) agencies will work on this, but the poor in urban areas or urban poverty must not be ignored. However, let the other agencies handle that.
“We take care of KKDW, implement and achieve the target set by the PM,” he said in his speech at the KKDW month assembly today.
The Bagan Datuk MP also advised KKDW staff members to implement programmes that have been planned and to ignore criticism from anti establishment groups.
He also pointed out that anti-establishment groups are everywhere. He is of the opinion that they must have something to oppose and will never stop even when something good emerges.
Simultaneously, Zahid urged two KKDW agencies, namely FELCRA Bhd and South Kelantan Development Authority (Kesedar) to improve their existing collaboration to produce one million broilers per cycle compared to the current 250,000.
“I challenge this collaboration to produce one million chickens every production cycle, it can definitely be done, but they need to find the method to do it.”
Previously, FELCRA and Kesedar took the initiative to collaborate on the development of a closed poultry farming project in Paloh 4, Gua Musang, with a capacity of 250,000 broilers per cycle.
The project generates various local economic activities such as service and maintenance, landscaping, supply chain, construction, contract jobs and so forth. – July 6, 2023
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