It was in July that the Bulletin crossed paths with a woman named Sharifah Masri, who was undergoing a career transition as a result of telco industry transformation that took place in 2019.
Being a single mother, Sharifah decided to undergo an entrepreneurship programme under one of the People Development Companies (PDCs) formed during the transformation, leading her to agropreneurship.
She did not have to wait long as she was among the first group of 20 people to embark on a chilli plantation scheme jointly initiated by the PDCs and Gropoint Sdn Bhd.
Gropoint through its sister company Superfish Growers Sdn Bhd (SFG), is the producer of Melts Premium Musk Melons and Finer Greens for the production of lettuces and cherry tomatoes using hydroponics at the farms of Agrotech Park in Tungku.
Under the programme, each agropreneur is allocated two greenhouses, measuring 320 square metres each, equipped with underground fertigation technology provided by SFG. While SFG offers the technical expertise, training and farming skills, the PDCs handle the seed funding to kick start the programme including the cost of the greenhouses.
Sharifah grabbed the opportunity after going through a microbusiness bootcamp, a series of briefings and visits to Superfish farm, as well as sitting down with Business Development Manager of SFG Nur Hazel Lim to discuss the prospects of the business.