Ministry of Rural Development allocates RM15.5 million to “Desa Lestari” project in Pahang

Ministry of Rural Development allocates RM15.5 million to “Desa Lestari” project in Pahang

  • The Desa Lestari or Sustainable Village project has benefited 4,500 people in terms of employment opportunities and 1,180 others, including heads of households, in terms of dividends as members of cooperatives.

KUANTAN (November 11): The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) has allocated RM15.5 million under the “Desa Lestari” (sustainable village) project for 15 villages in Pahang, its deputy minister Datuk Seri Abdul said Rahman Muhammad.

He said the provision of the allocation was aimed at ensuring effective implementation of the six main economic sectors, namely services, tourism, agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and retail, in the villages affected.

The project, he said, has also benefited 4,500 people in terms of employment opportunities and 1,180 others, including heads of households, in terms of dividends as cooperative members.

“RM9.5 million in revenue was generated by the 15 villages involved, with Kampung Sri Makmur in Pekan generating the highest revenue of RM3.7 million from 2015 to 2021 with an average annual revenue of 528,000 RM,” he said in a statement here today.

He said Pahang received the second-highest allocation under the project, which aimed to bridge the socio-economic gap between urban and rural residents.

Apart from the socio-economic sector, he said, the ministry has also focused on bridging the digital divide through collaboration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to expand internet access. to rural areas.

This will help achieve the digitization of rural entrepreneurs, as well as encourage cooperatives under the sustainable village project to market their products online through the [email protected] Program, which is carried out with the collaboration of leading platforms such as Shopee and Lazada, he added.

Abdul Rahman also said that KPLB has equipped 191 rural community centers with internet access for the benefit of rural communities.

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