Perikatan Nasional (PN) is planning to launch a people’s farming project on a national scale in the near future, coalition chairman Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
He said the project would aim to provide food supplies and an alternative source of income for low-income families, especially those that had been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project will be officially launched on June 25.
“The crops can be given to the poor, ideally for free,” he said at a press conference in Johor today.
“Or they can be sold for cheap, as long as we break even. We’re not interested in making a profit.”
Muhyiddin said the project would serve as a starting point for those whose livelihoods had been disrupted due to the pandemic to begin their lives anew.
He said it would not be long before results could be seen, given that crops can usually be harvested within a short period of time.
He said he himself had tried growing corn at home, adding that he had been able to harvest a crop within 60 days or so.
Muhyiddin said the project would be managed by PN leaders in their respective areas without taking into account individuals’ status or background, given that poverty transcends race and political leanings.
He added that no conditions would be set, including on the type of crop to be grown.
“If there are problems acquiring land, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “We have a lot of abandoned land.
“Don’t look down on projects like this,” he added. “If we do this correctly, there will be no need to go to the market. Entire villages can be fed.”