FAMA SELANGOR ALLOCATES RM2.7 MILLION FUND FOR AZAM TANI PROJECT

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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

business.

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

children.

"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.

--BERNAMA

SYA AS

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