14 countries to take part in Agrofest 2022
By:Neville Timothy Sanders

KUCHING: Sarawak Agrofest 2022, one of the most prominent agriculture shows in the state, is making a comeback after two years.

Organised by Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development it will be held on Nov 18 – 20 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Over 14 countries such as Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, as well as from Sabah and West Malaysia are likely to take part in the three-day programme which is expected to draw 50,000 visitors.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Atom said the programme is expected to generate more than RM3million in total sales with around 250 sales and exhibition booths available.

Its theme “Food for the Future”, he said is in line with the focus of the Sarawak government in strengthening the state’s food security agenda.

“It is important to ensure the sustainability of the country’s food supply at all times.

“This is because some parts of the world are currently undergoing difficult situations and issues, plus other factors such as climate change, socio-economic conditions, natural hazards and other issues that threaten their food supply,” he said.

He expressed hope that the Sarawak Agrofest 2022 will assist to catalyse action on food security and resilience in the state.

“This year’s Agrofest will be focusing on agricultural trade by providing a platform for agropreneurs to trade, network, exchange ideas and solutions.

“The participants will bring forward not only their products but also their knowledge and expertise,” he said.

As Sarawak aspires to be a net food exporter by 2030, he said this can only be achieved through commercialisation that capitalises on modern farming and global partnerships.

“Commercial agriculture will attract private investment to accelerate productivity and growth in this sector. This will provide valuable feedstock to higher value-added downstream food processing, especially for the export market,” he added.

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