News about Batu Pahat having a sugar cane collection centre which will serve as an export centre.
I did not know that BP produces sugar!
Fama Signs MoU With Purecane On Sugar Cane Purchase
BATU PAHAT, July 29 (Bernama) — The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with sugar cane exporter, Purecane Manufacturing Sdn Bhd.
The MoU is for Purecane to market the sugar cane produced by 79 pioneer farmers on contract farms in Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan.
Fama chairman, Datuk Paduka Badruddin Amiruldin, said via the MoU, the production of sugar cane could be enhanced through planned production while maintaining the current market.
“Purecane will now act as the buyer for the sugar cane produced by the 79 farmers,” he said.
He added the sugar cane farms involved an area of 16 hectares.
“This is a government initiative through its agency to ensure a sustained supply of sugar cane as well as a guaranteed market and at mutually-agreed prices,” he said.
The government, he said, had taken a number of steps to improve the quality of sugar cane produced, especially for the export market while ensuring the right returns for the farmers concerned.
Badruddin said Malaysia’s production of sugar cane had seen a consistent decline since 2004 and in line with the reduction in acreage for cultivation over the same period.
“In 2004, the acreage for planting sugar cane was only 14,725ha with an estimated yield of 845,560 metric tons. In 2006, this dropped by 10.5 percent and total acreage of 14,060ha.
“The situation persisted until 2007 when production was forecast at just 755,770 metric tons and acreage of 13,880ha.
“Under the circumstances, the contract farming being undertaken by Fama plays an important role in ensuring continued supply and a permanent market.
“Fama is also at present building a sugar cane collection centre (PPT) in Semerah, Batu Pahat at a cost of RM4.5 million. It will also serve as a principal export centre with the emphasis on quality,” he said.
Badruddin said the PPT, a one-stop centre, would be a catalyst to develop and expand the strategy for the marketing of sugar cane in Malaysia.
Apart from encouraging the involvement of farmers in sugar cane cultivation in an agricultural sector that holds much potential, especially when undertaken on a commercial basis, the PPT is also responsible for improving the demand for it, he said.
“The PPT, when completed at the end of the year, will be equipped with laboratory facilities to test and maintain the quality of sugar cane for the local market as well as overseas,” he said.