Abdul Wahab at a photo call with the participants.

SARATOK: Local farmers are advised to study the market on crops before starting to plant, said Kalaka assemblyman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz.

He also suggested that farmers cultivate one type of crop in groups, involving large areas (100 acres and above).

“They should also have good relations with government agencies (both state and federal governments) because apart from helping to market their agricultural products, this relationship is also able to expose them to various government programmes such as assistance, guidance and so on.

“In this regard, I call on our local farmers not to be afraid or hesitant to meet with any relevant government agency to seek advice on related matters,” he said when officiating at the Kalaka Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) here on Monday (Oct 26).

At the same time, Abdul Wahab also proposed that local farmers consider setting up cooperatives in their respective areas.

According to him, local cooperatives can serve as suppliers of agricultural equipment as well as assist in marketing agricultural products (including aquaculture).

“Nevertheless, the establishment of a local cooperative requires the consent of all parties and I will always support what is best for the people,” he said.