POWERS OF THE BOARD
According to Section 4 (1) of Act 70, the Board authorized: –
i. To promote, stimulate, facilitate and undertake economic and social development in Muda area.
ii. Plan and undertake in Mada areas such as agricultural development as provided to him by the State Authority for Kedah and Perlis.
In his opening remarks at the inaugural meeting of the Board of Directors in Telok Chengai, Alor Setar on July 8, 1970, the Honourable Mr. Syed Nahar Shahabuddin as Chairman of MADA who first expressed the hope with the establishment of MADA, it can be a team of experts that not only will use knowledge-their expert knowledge, but also local knowledge can be directed to the foundation “flexible” to ensure the success of the Muda Irrigation Scheme.
MADA was founded to operate and maintain the Muda Irrigation Scheme, a project that is the largest rural development launched under the First Malaysia Plan at a cost of RM238 million. MADA also given the responsibility of designing and implementing programs and agricultural development programs to improve the standard of living for 63,000 family farmers in the Muda area.
Citing the opening speech by Allahyrham Tun Abdul Razak said, “Because the Muda Irrigation Scheme is wider then it’s important dijagai and administered properly and will of the farmers in the hearing. I found this job, it will not run smoothly if the administration is organized in Kuala Lumpur by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. So very it is important that the powers granted to the administration area of the body that is responsible to have its headquarters in Alor Setar. Therefore, I have decided that urgent establishment of a corporation or the “Authority” which has a Chairman of the State “.
And moving Associations of Farmers’ Organisations play a vital role towards the achievement of the Muda Irrigation Scheme. In discharging its duties and responsibilities, MADA always involve leaders of farmers according to time and circumstances. The first Farmers’ Association was established in the Area of the Association of Farmers Kubang Sepat. It was established on 27 July 1968 under the Farmers Association Act of 1967.
In that year only 215 people who are members. Now there are 27 pieces of Association / Organization in Muda area with a total membership of 26.976 people and the share capital of RM2.96 million. Farmers’ Association this movement has become stronger and more effective with the establishment of the consultant and the Coordinating Committee MADA Farmers Association and Farmers Business Company (MADA) Sdn. Bhd. in the mid-1970s.