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DEBAK, Nov 24: Retired school teachers can earn extra income by doing modern farming.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the use of technological systems like fertigation and hydroponics was most suitable as they do not require much space or manpower.
He made the suggestion when giving away certificates to Primary Six pupils of SK St Christopher at their annual dinner here on Thursday.
Uggah, who is also Minister of Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development, said both systems had been proven to yield high quality and bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables and have a good market.
He said those interested in this type of farming could seek advice from the Agriculture Department.
“The government is now actively developing and promoting modern farming through smallholdings and at large private sector levels. This is to strengthen its aim to be a net food producer by 2030,” he said.
On another issue, Uggah advised rural schools not to focus solely on academic excellence at the expense of co-curriculum and cultural activities.
“There must be a right balance in order for students to grow up to become well-rounded citizens of the country. They must not only be well educated but kept healthy through sports and games.
“They should possess good knowledge of their own culture and its positive values, which they could then pass on to their next generation to ensure they do not disappear,” he said.
At the function, Uggah announced an incentive for Primary 6 pupils in his constituency of Bukit Saban. Anyone who scores 6A’s in their UPSR this year will be rewarded with RM1,000 from Uggah’s own pocket.
In addition, Uggah announced grants of RM20,000 for the school parent-teacher association and a grant of RM15,000 for the school plus nine units of air-conditioners. — DayakDaily