ACTIVITIES IN KELANTAN
Kelantan's industry is heavily based on agriculture. Palm Oil plantations
abound here, as do large and small rubber estates. Almost everywhere
you go you will find one or the other, if not both. Rice (padi) is grown
in great quantities here as are vegetables. One only needs to visit
the Central Market in Kota Bharu to begin to get a sense of how important
agriculture is in the Kelantan peoples' lives. As you travel around,
you will see acre upon acre of fields growing some sort of crops.
Padi (or rice growing) is the major economic activity in Kelantan. Utilising
both traditional and modern methods, Kelantan has many hectares devoted
to padi growing.
Kelantan annual rice output : 200,000 metric tonnes (14% of Malaysia's
Tobacco is a major cash crop in Kelantan. Many fields can be seen just
outside of Bachok, but tobacco is being grown in many of the coastal
areas. Tobacco been planted after the padi season.
Rubber plantations dot the countryside in Kelantan, whether large estates
or small plots of trees. Rubber workers can be seen working the trees,
collecting the raw rubber latex and drying rubbermats in the sun, and
preparing for processing.
KELANTAN RUBBER-BASED ANNUAL OUTPUT: 60,000 METRIC TONNES
With 100 kilometres of coastline, Kelantan supports a fishing industry
that is known throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Scenic fishing villages
such as Kampung Sabak also draw tourists from all over the world.
KELANTAN FISHERIES INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTES OVER 25% OF MALAYSIA'S OUTPUT
WHOLESALE VALUE OF MARINE FISH EXCEEDING RM. 1.79 BILLION.
Palm oil covers about 70,000 hectares in Kelantan.
Products of Palm oil include, vegetable ghee, margarine, glycerine,
fatty acids, palm kernel oil and cake, amongst others.
Malaysia is also planning to manufacture cars that run on palm oil.
KELANTAN PALM OIL ANNUAL OUTPUT : 138,000 METRIC TONNES (CRUDE OIL)
Coconut trees are widely found throughout Kelantan especially in coastal
There are at present 18,000 hectares of land under cultivation.
Products of coconuts include coconut 'milk', juice, oil, copra and coconut
In addition to the primary role of agriculture and its related businesses,
there is a continuous contribution from the Kelantan cottage industries.
Most are based on handicraft items such as batik, silvercraft, basket
weaving and songket weaving, that cannot be overlooked.
As Malaysia has become recognised world-wide as an upcoming economic
power, with economic growth far in advance of most of the world; Kelantan's
own economic growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. This can be
attributed to proper planning and commitment in both the public and
private sectors. Key economic areas have been identified and expanded
with proper planning and supervision.
The high growth rate can in part be attributed to the
diversification of the Kelantan economy and it continues to point toward
an above average growth rate.
Agriculture is the mainstay of Kelantan's economy with
approximately 32% of the Gross Domestic Product. Rubber and Padi (rice)
are the main crops. Tobacco is fast developing as an important cash
crop as well. Other important crops are coconut, cocoa, corn and vegetables.
Forestry in the past, has played and important part in
the economy. Remote areas of Kelantan have been opened for development.
With the growing concern over the harvest of tropical hardwoods, logging
is on a decline. This has created a paradoxical problem, in that the
price of various tropical hardwoods has steadily risen making it more
and more profitable to harvest this timber, benefiting the state and
economy as well as those businesses who harvest the timber.
Tourism is rapidly developing as an established part of
the Kelantan economy as more people throughout the world become aware
of the unique opportunities Kelantan offers. For travel, variety, culture,
and excellent value per dollar spent, Kelantan offers what few areas
anywhere can; a wonderful experience at a reasonable price.
edited from http://www.geocities.com/kelantan2000