Terengganu approves 600ha of land for ECER’s Goat and herb projects

11/3/2010 — BERNAMA

The Terengganu government has approved 400ha of land in Dungun and another 200ha in Setiu for the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) to conduct herbs planting and Boer goat breeding.

“We hope both projects will help the villagers and increase their income,” Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said told reporters after chairing the state executive council weekly meeting here Wednesday.

He said the proposed herbs planting project in Pasir Raja, Dungun, would be the first commercial herbs planting project ever implemented in Terengganu under the ECER.

At present, he said the survey work for the proposed project was in progress and the planting of herbs like “Tongkat Ali”, “Kacip Fatimah” and Misai Kucing” would begin early next year.

For the Boer goat breeding project in Pancor Bederu, Setiu, he said 2,000 Boer goat had been placed at the site so far, and that the project would be manned by 150 workers from the hardcore poor group.

He said the state government would also build 100 houses for the hardcore poor in the area.

“After five years, the house will be theirs. Their monthly income is also expected to reach RM1,500, and that will take them out of poverty,” he added.