BAU: Singapore has indicated its interest to buy prawn, dehydrated Terung Assam and Guava and Tilapia fish from the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this was made known during the launching of the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS) in the island republic recently.
“This is another good beginning our farmers and agropreneurs should make full use of this opportunity,”
He said this when performing the launching of the GPS for the Serembu state constituency at the Kampong Skio multipurpose hall here yesterday.
“Sarawak is already exporting 1,200 live pigs each week to Singapore.
“We expect the demands to increase soon,” he said.
“Now that we have a new market for our prawn, terong assam, guava and tilapia, we must ensure we have the constant volume.
“At the same time, we must not neglect the quality which will allow us to penetrate outside markets,” he said.
Uggah said both aspects could be ensured through adopting modern hi tech farming methods like fertigation.
Toward this end he advised GPS elected representatives to work out suitable programmes in their areas to encourage especially the youth to take up such farming.
Elaborating, he said the government was now in the midst of transforming the state agriculture sector through modern farming.
This, he added, was to make the state a net exporter of food by the year 2030, in line with the aspiration of the chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Uggah who is the Minister of the Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development stressed this needed the support and participation of all including elected representatives.
At the function, Uggah announced approval of a grant of RM500, 000. 00 for growing ginger, pineapple and babycorn in the area.
He also approved Rm100, 000. 00 from UNIFOR to upgrade the St Edward’s Catholic Church.
On GPS, he said Abang Jo had formed it in order to allow him, his cabinet members, all its elected representatives and the people to protect the state rights and wealth.
It was also to chart out its own progress and development.
“It is a very brave and visionary move by him to have our veryi own political party which is not part of the mainstream political system in the country.
“He does this to ensure Sarawak will continue to be governed by local leaders who actually know and understand it much better than outsiders,”he said.
For these reasons Uggah called on the people to give their fullest support to its GPS government.
On Serembu, he was confident it would remain a GPS stronghold as its representative Miro Simuh had shown himself to be a very committed and good leader.
“He has brought in many development projects to benefit the people.
“Please give him your mandate again in the coming state election so he can bring in even more development and progress,”
On NCR land issue, Uggah said he was glad to note that Works Minister Baru Bian who is from the PH government had agreed that the RM10 million federal allocation should be used on perimeter survey under Section 6 before moving to Section 18.
He said the Section Six was essentially to decide between state and NCR land.
“But some people are accusing us of using Section Six to rob the owners of their land.
“Our policy is we want to ensure what is state land and what is NCR land.
“By using this method, we have managed to declare some 900,000 out of the estimated 1.5 million hectares as NCR land in the state from 2010 until now,” he said.
GPS youth chief Gerald Rentap, Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep, Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh and Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Ilus were among those present at the gathering.