SHAH ALAM, July 9 (Bernama) -- The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority
(Fama) Selangor has allocated a RM2.7 million fund for the AZAM Tani project in
the state for this year.
The fund is part of an effort to assist the needy to start an agro-based
Fama Selangor Director Mansor Omar said 270 eligible participants would be
offered an opportunity to start a business with an initial RM10,000 capital each
through the project.
"The AZAM Tani project is one of the four components under the ending
poverty cycle programme (Program Akhiri Zaman Miskin or 1Azam), introduced to
assist the poor and extreme poor in changing their lives.
"Eligibility is based on the household per capita income not exceeding
RM200 or a household income of less than RM1,000," he told Bernama here.
Mansor said to date 130 eligible recipients had been identified and
undergone a motivational course before beginning their respective business.
He said among the areas of choice for participants was food, agricultural
produce and agricultural services.
"We have target for the participants to receive revenue from their business
within three months after starting, as through this project, we provide guidance
to ensure this," he added.
Meanwhile, three project participants, S.Nagarajan, Hafidah Hashim and
Lau Aik Choon are optimistic of a better future, after starting their business
through funding from the AZAM Tani project.
For Nagarajan, 41 from Kuala Selangor, the project will see him turn from
being a scrap metal collector to raising cows, to support his wife and four
"For a start, Fama will assist me to rear five cows to receive an income
from the sale of milk. I will use the funding to build sheds as well as other
needs near my home," he added.
Hafidah, 50, a single mother from Rawang who has no fixed income, wants to
expand her nasi lemak business. She will use the money received from the fund to
purchase bigger and better utensils for the business.
"I undertake the business near my home. Previously, when I received a lot of
orders, I had difficulty fulfilling it as I had to cook repeatedly," she added.
As for Lau, 43, who is undertaking a food business, he hoped the fund
received will help improve the monthly income.
"My wife and I want to expand the business to the night market to increase
our income and meet the needs of our two children," he said.