The Perak Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) in Gopeng has successfully played its role in improving the socio-economy of local communities, especially for groups of entrepreneurs active in agro-food sectors.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, Perak RTC provides services and economic activities via three main concepts, namely public and private services; business hubs and facilities; and youth activity centres.
“Perak RTC is also a centre of collection and distribution for food bank programmes with joint effort from third-party operators.
“Eight lots at Perak RTC Block A were allocated to make a go of the food bank programmes which aim to help the unfortunate.
“Besides that, it’s also a distribution centre for dairy companies like Farm Fresh. Sales value recorded is RM600,000 monthly with involvement from 100 dairy product entrepreneurs.”
He said during an official work visit to Perak RTC yesterday (April 1).
Perak RTC also serves as a centre for collection, distribution and exportation of MD2 pineapples self-branded as GOPINE (Gopeng Premium Pineapple), with total production of around 200,000kg equivalent to RM500,000 to be both locally marketed and exported.
Ronald added, the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (FAMA) will be continuously empowered to aid agro-food entrepreneurs, particularly rural citizens, in marketing their goods and products.
“Perak RTC has provided opportunities for local communities to venture into entrepreneurial fields which not only helps them in adding income sources, it also guarantees continuity of commodity products to fulfill citizens’ needs,” he expressed.
Earlier, Ronald visited the Dairy Industry Service Centre (PPIT) in Tapah to review the progress of the project to upgrade infrastructure there.