MUKAH: A board to oversee the development of the nipah and sago industry has been formed, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“I want to announce that the state government through its Cabinet has agreed to form the Nipah and Sago Industrial Board (Linas), a statutory body.
“We need a special body to oversee the sago and nipah industry in terms of quality, production and its technology.
“This will provide assistance to farmers who are involved in the industry,” he said when officiating at the launch of the Oil and Gas Academy along with Palm and Agriculture Academy at Centexs Mukah today (Aug 28).
Abang Johari said currently, the state government was also conducting an experiment to produce methane gas from sago waste.
“Maybe one day, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) can use the gas derived from sago waste. There are other products that can be produced from the waste which we are experimenting with,” he said.
The chief minister said nipah was available in abundance from Lawas to Kuching and that he had requested a laboratory in Kuching to produce the needed technology to extract these products.
“Once the technology can be used, we can increase our exports and also create high paying jobs for the people,” he said.
Abang Johari also had high hopes for Centexs to be able to come up with the necessary training to explore niche areas in the state.
“It is hoped that by 2030, we can be a developed state and we have the talents and trainees that are of international standards,” he said.