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Planting Of Pisang Jelai
Before, the villagers cultivated sweet corn as a cash crop but nowadays, the eight hectares of land had been used specifically for the cultivation of bananas, Pisang Jelai or Jelai Berangan. Currently, there is a good demand for this type of banana due to its medical and health value. It is believed that consuming Pisang Jelai helps to abate high blood pressure and stroke. The current market price is RM2.00 per kilogramme. These bananas can also be processed to make crackers, cakes and jam. The project which is conducted in clusters is aimed at increasing the income and improve the villagers' standard of living.
According to Tengku Osman Tengku Awang, chairman of Kampung Kuala Jengai Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK), 20 residents from the village Hard Core Poor Housing Scheme (PPRT) are involved in the project. Each family is given 0.4 hectares of land which can be planted with 440 Pisang Jelai. The fruits can be harvested between 8 to 12 months.
The Agriculture Department provides assistance in the form of seedlings, fertiliser, fencing materials and advice on the proper way of looking after the plants to the 20 residents involved. The technique used in planting Pisang Jelai is different from the ordinary bananas. The seeds of Pisang Jelai are produced through a modern and scientific method whereby the culture or banana suckers are sowed in poly bags before transferring and replanting them in the farm. This method is different from the traditional way of planting bananas where reliance is placed on the seedlings alone. At the initial stage of the cultivation, the Agriculture Department assists the residents with agronomical works and guidance when planting the bananas. ( Last Update: 24 June, 2009)
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 June 2010 02:46