Pandemic’s restrictions a blessing in disguise

Datuk Henry Harry Jinep

BAU: The various restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the imposition of the movement control order (MCO) since last year have become catalysts for more agricultural activities in villages around this district.

Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep said this was due to the limited movements allowed during MCO which posed difficulties in obtaining food items, especially for those residing in villages in rural areas.

“Throughout the MCO, we see our movement become more limited and when movement is limited, it means we focus on movements only in areas nearby around us.

“Looking for vegetables and food is quite difficult, but after three months of MCO, we see every house in every village has been completely explored and opened for the cultivation of vegetables and other crops for the needs of the villagers,” he said.

This was said when the rep was met by the press after officiating at the Presentation of Agriculture Facilitation Fund (AFF) at the Kampung Skiat Baru Multi-Purpose Hall, here today.

Henry added that most youth had also begun taking part in agricultural activities through the use of digital marketing.

“Usually the parents would plant these crops for their children to market and sell online.

“Through this, some villagers in my area have managed to get RM100,000 in revenue per month,” he revealed.

As such, Henry emphasised the importance of participating in agricultural activities amongst villagers which can improve their standard of living.

“If we really work on agriculture, the market is already there especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic where movement is restricted.

“Agriculture is a field that does not inflict a financial loss because everyone will still eat regardless of the surrounding conditions whether during pandemics or floods and so on,” he assured.