Report of Research in Pendang
On 24th of October, five of the members of Agrolife project went to Pendang to do research. This is the schedule of the day.
9.30am Meeting officer in Jabatan Pertanian Pendang
10.00am Following the staff to Padang Kerbau
10.30am Arriving at a village, the staff brought us 2 local farmers for interview section
11.15am Visiting pineapple farm, paddy farms, and corn farm
1.00pm Research at paddy factory
2.00pm Lunch time
2.50pm Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM)
4.00pm Pendang Lake Resort
When we arrived Jabatan Pertanian Pendang, we met the officer, he told us there are 8 Mukims
separated in Pendang. There are Padang Kerbau, Guar Kepayang, Tambar, Rambai, Padang
Pusing, Ayer Putih, Tupu Bukit Perak, Padang Kerbau 2, and Padang Peling. Every Mukim is
controlled by one of the assistant officer. He sent a staff named En.Rosli to lead us to visit
Padang Kerbau do research. Two of our members followed his car. On the way, he told them
about the water system in Pendang is not as good in those MARA places. The license of organic
farming is hard to get, especially for the farmers here. It is usually for big scale farming and it’s
very costly. So, there are only semi-organic here. Farmers use pump to water the paddy fields.
And, the demand of corn is not high. We saw a lot of plantations, paddy is the major one with
some slight corn, coconut, and pineapple farms. It looks like a normal village, not too lavish
lifestyle and very peasant-like with their semi concrete homes. Sometimes we’ll see people
selling fruits and vegetables by the road. People here don’t only have one job, as in don’t only
plant one stuff, they rear chicken to sell or so. The education level here is not at high as those in
the city, with students taking motorcycle lepaking around. Usually students don’t work there.
They ask money from their parents. The farmers here usually need help in their...