The Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad urged youths to operate abandoned lands by cultivating plantations of vegetables and fruits, instead of leaving them as they are.
“When there’s a will, there’s a way—provided that these youngsters are willing to put in the effort.
“However, the issue now is that most of these lands are inheritance lands, with ownership rights still in discussion.
“Also, not all of the abandoned lands in Perak are entirely empty. Some are cultivated, while some are not.
“Thus, I request for government agencies or any other willing parties who own the lands in helping citizens, particularly youths, to develop them.
“It’s best to start small-scale, so that a cultivated land could grow and expand properly.
He told reporters so during a media session after a service excellence award and retirement ceremony by the state Agriculture Department at Weil Hotel today (April 12).
Also present were the department’s director, Norsiyenti Othman and the Executive Councillor for Plantation, Agriculture and Food Industry, Razman Zakaria.
Recipients of the service excellence award comprise 29 staff of the department from various positions, while 25 others are set to retire this year.