— The Kelantan Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has guided 40 entrepreneurs who have received grants amounting to RM775,000 from 2015 until to date.
Agriculture and Food Industries Deputy Minister II Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said based on the analysis of their annual gross sales value, 21 of the total entrepreneurs were at level four and generating income of more than RM300,000 up to RM5 million.
“A total of 17 entrepreneurs are at level three and earning between RM100,000 and RM300,000,” he told reporters after officiating the Touchpoint handover ceremony to entrepreneurs, young agropreneurs and Rezeki Tani MARDI Kelantan participants at MH Mohd Industries Sdn Bhd here today.
Present were Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry deputy secretary general (Policy) Datuk Haslina Abdul Hamid and MARDI director general Datuk Dr Mohamad Roff Mohd Noor.
Che Abdullah said during the same period, 38 young entrepreneurs were produced by MARDI through the Young Agropreneur programme involving a total allocation of RM577,400.
On the implementation of Rezeki Tani which is the agency’s initiative to increase the income of entrepreneurs from small and medium enterprises, he said the Kelantan MARDI had guided 508 participants in crop cultivation, livestock and agro-based industries from 2012 to 2018.
“In 2019, a total of 14 participants have received equipment and training involving a total allocation of RM140,000, while for this year, 11 participants are being guided with an allocation of RM110,000,” he added.
At the ceremony, Che Abdullah also presented a matching grant amounting to RM150,000 MH Mohd Industries founder Muhamad Yusoff.
Earlier, he visited several business premises run by Kelantan MARDI-guided entrepreneurs including a coffee shop known as Akif Cafe, Berkat Rezeki Yieana which produces coconut milk and Fatin Licious Legacy that sells fermented products.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency