Malaysian farmers suffer losses of $6M due to floods

Malaysian farmers in Penang and Kedah suffered losses amounting to RM27.7 million (US$6 million) due to the recent floods according to current estimates, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

He said 5,278 farmers cultivating 11,463.8ha of paddy, fruits and vegetables in Penang were affected by the floods, and suffered losses of US $5.17 million US Dollar.

In Kedah, 2,613 farmers growing paddy and vegetables on 4,041ha were affected, and suffered losses reaching US $1.56 million, he said to reporters after launching the Pendang Fest and Mini Carnival of the Kedah-level Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen's Day at the Penang Mini Stadium today.

Also present was Kedah Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Suraya Yaacob.

Tajuddin said the evaluation of the losses suffered by the farmers would continue.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry had earlier approved US$2,430,134.60 as preliminary aid for the affected farmers in Penang. — Bernama

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