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Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the project developer Green World Genetik Sdn. Bhd  has also established an excellence center for research and development of the animal-feed maize.

“The center will especially cater for the introduction of genetics that can produce high quality and durable maize species.

“It is destined to offer farmers better income as well as provide the state and country improved savings from the higher cost of animal-feed maize.

“And Terengganu is poised to be the product’s largest commercially based supplier in Malaysia within ten years, offering 20,000 jobs,” he said.

Razif added the project was one of 71 initiatives under the Terengganu New Transformation plan that produced success stories to improve the socio-economy of the state and offer more jobs and business opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

To date, he added, 300ha of disused land had been allocated in Setiu, Marang and Kemaman, with GWG expected to cultivate an additional 200ha by the year’s end.

The plan, he said, was for GWG to eventually cultivate up to 2,000ha for animal-feed maize.

“Animal-feed maize has a huge potential and we plan to utilise disused land like paddy fields via engagement programmes with local farmers, for this purpose.

“Farmers can earn up to RM3,000 monthly with just 4ha of animal-feed maize produced.

“We have engaged all the necessary agro-based industry players to promote crops of high yield via available biotechnologies.

“Such crops can be harvested within 100 days with up to four yields per year,” he said.

For the record, the country spent RM3.1 billion in 2015 for the import of animal-feed maize.

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