Malaysian former expat chooses to farm figs
Bentong, Since having his first taste of fresh fig, that was when he was working with a oil and gas company in Iraq four years ago, Mohamad Hafidz Arifin, 32, became interested in agriculture and started learning more about it.
When he came home early last year, he planted a few fig plants and realising it could grow in Malaysia and its market potential, decided to quit his more than RM15,000 a month job to venture into agriculture as a full-time job, Malaysia's National News Agency (Bernama) reported.
"Fig, or its scientific name 'Ficus Carica', is normally grown in the Middle East and not many people dare to try to plant it in the country, despite the high demand for the fruit, which can also be sold in the form of juice.
"I challenge myself to make it a success and decided to quit my job, although the income was lucrative,"said Mohamad Hafidz, a graduate in human resource management from Universiti Putra Malaysia.
He was met by Bernama at the launch of the Fig Harbvesting Season at Benefigs, in Janda Baik, by Ketari Assemblywoman Young Syefura Othman yesterday.
Source: Bahrain News Agency