In the year 2010, the Government of Malaysia through the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development has launched 1AZAM (End of Poverty Era) Programme. It was one of the Government's initiatives under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) to raise living standards of low-income households towards making Malaysia as a high-income country by the year 2020. The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry was chosen as a champion for AZAM Tani Programme and all Departments and Agencies under the Ministry became implementer agencies for this programme. The activities included were distributing agriculture project input in a form of grant, trainings and technical advice to participants in poor and hardcore poor category from eKasih System.
The Department of Fisheries Malaysia has helped 700 households from Negeri Sembilan and Malacca which was 500 households and 200 households respectively from the year 2010 to 2011. A variety of agriculture projects including fisheries are chosen by the participants which include fishing boat and engine input, freshwater fish aquaculture projects, chicken rearing, selling of Agro-based Industry products through kiosk and tricycle motorbikes and other agriculture projects which were easy and quick income earning.
A total of new 400 households were targeted for the Department of Fisheries in 2012 to participate in this programme and the distribution of households by districts was as follows:
A close cooperation between the Department of Fisheries and other Departments and Agencies under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Performance and Management Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) and Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) from the Prime Minister Office and also all Government Agencies at state and district level has produced success stories from participants in the year 2010 and 2011. Support and assistance provided by Members of Parliament, local leaders, Parliament Area Agriculture Development Council (MPPP) and State Agriculture Exco were also contributing to the success of this programme under the Government Transformation Programme initiative.