Redang folk turn to farming to survive pandemic

Hasnoor Hussain

PEOPLE on the tourist island of Pulau Redang, Terengganu have turned their hand to farming to survive the pandemic.

Campsite owner Aziruddin Majid said their harvest provides food for them as well as for sale at a time when the tourism sector is completely down.

He said that although he had no experience in farming, he had to do it for survival and help out his two employees who he could no longer pay. 

Yet at the same time, he said, they are burdened with the cost of renting land, maintaining tent sites, and personal loan payments for boat purchases and paying salaries to their workers.

Tourism is the second most important sector in the state which has been badly hit due to the implementation of the lockdown. There is no definite date as to when the lockdown would be eased as it depends on bringing down Covid-19 cases to the 4,000 daily threshold and having 10% of the population vaccinated. – July 5, 2021.

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