1. AGRO-TRAINING CENTRE TO BE PARMANENT FOOD PRODUCTION PARK
Bintulu has the potential to become a food producer particcularly for vegetables due to high demand and wider market for the commodity.
Therefore, Sarawak Government plans to develop a Parmanent Food Production (PFP) in the Agriculture Training Centre at Bintulu.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said, various types of vegetables would be planted on a 12 hectare land at Sungai Sebiew for a start.
He said the PFP park is a result of the initiative of his Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development to develop a Agriculture Training Centre at Sungai Sebiew as a modern agricultural centre that uses fertigation and hydroponics technologies for cultivation of vegetables.
Uggah added that the PFP Park will be developed with a better and orderly approach and is expected to be a modern agricultural park, similar to Rampangi PFP Park in Kuching and Sungai Baji in Sarikei.
2. TWO MAJOR PROJECTS IN BEKENU TO KICK OFF SOON
Two major projects involving Rumah Maling Gudom and Kampung Lajong here are set for kick-off this month.
Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus said the works on water pipeline connecting both villages, and upgrading works on the
3.5km road linking Kampung Lajong and Niah Bridge junction should reach completion by the year-end.
The Bekenu assemblywoman said the both project that cost a total RM6 million are set to benefit some 1,000 residents of the two villages.
Rosey added the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) had awarded the RM4.5 million water pipeline project to a contractor, adding that works should commence within this week.
The JBALB will closely monitor the works on the 12km pipeline, and also to work out together with the villagers regarding any section of land affected by the project.
3. BALEH DAM DIVERSION TUNNELS TO BE COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE
The Baleh Hydroelectric Power (HEP) Dam is on track to meet major milestones including scheduled completion of the diversion tunnels by the end of next month.
Despite limitations faced during the Movement Control Order (MCO), Sarawak Energy Group CEO Datu Sharbini Suhaili in a statement said the completion of the diversion tunnels is critical towards meeting the project’s completion target of 2026.
The statement added that safety is still their priority and that contractors and their workers must comply with the life saving rules in addition to the COVID-19 SOP.
Sharbini, together with Sarawak Energy chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi recently led a team to the site to view first-hand the progress of the project.