Harden (third right) presents certificates for the Rubber Block Plantation to Thomas Lawan, who represented the participants.

SIMANGGANG: Eighty-six participants from eight longhouses joined the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) for crop and livestock entrepreneurs.

The programme, held at Rumah Thomas Sengkuang Ulu in Sri Aman on Monday (September 7), was graced by Simanggang assemblyman, Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.

AgriCOP was organised by Sri Aman District Agriculture Office to help crop and livestock entrepreneurs recall crop management and livestock techniques to obtain optimal results.

The programme featured five speakers who spoke on five different topics, namely Pineapple Plantation Technology, Rambutan Anak Sekolah (RAS) Plantation Technology, Rice Crop Technology, Pigs/Chicken/Ducks Livestock and Fish Farming in Tanks.

In his speech, Harden expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Sri Aman District Agriculture Office for reaching out to the people to help them improve their living standard through agriculture. 

Harden, who is also the Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing, mentioned various forms of welfare aid from the Welfare Department, especially for Sarawakians such as Kenyalang Gold Card (KCG) and Death Compassionate Assistance (BIH).

The assistant minister also reminded all the people not to pawn the fate of the next generation by trying their luck in choosing a new government.

“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is a new breath.   

“Sarawak’s claims for rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) showed very positive developments when some of the state’s demands were met.

“Praises should be given to all GPS elected representatives, especially to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, for working so hard to continue former Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s fight for Sarawak’s rights,” Harden said in his closing remarks at the AgriCOP programme.

At the end of the session, the Kenyalang Gold Card was presented to the 47 recipients from eight longhouses.

Harden also approved a minor rural project (MRP) allocation amounting to RM5,000 to the Village Security and Development Committee of Sengkuang Ulu and RM3,000 to the Women’s Bureau.

Also present during the programme were Sri Aman District Agriculture Officers, Freddy Paul Giang Enggie and Jabu Saging; Veterinary Officer, Glenice Bulan; Deputy Walikota of Sri Aman District Council, Andar Suntai; and Pemanca Jegai Jawa.