BAU: Kampung Merembeh here has been identified as a suitable location for breeding cattle.
For a start, the programme will be carried out under the state’s Agricultural Facilitation Fund (AFF).
A staff member of Bau District Council, Angnes Jonep, said the idea to imitate Kundasang in Sabah came after a working visit there.
She said Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh and several community leaders went to study the farm in Kundasang last year.
“I am happy that this project will be carried out soon. This will not only improve the livelihood of the community, but it will also be a potential tourism spot,” she said when met after the Community Extension Outreach Programme (CEOP) at Kampung Kopit multi-purpose hall yesterday (Aug 15).
She said the village environment is just like in Kundasang’s which is windy and cool, and therefore suitable for cattle breeding.
“In Kampung Merembeh, the people used to plant coffee, but I think due to insufficient exposure, the farmers switch to planting oil palm,” she said.
She believed that with proper planning together with Miro, Bau District Council, and the community, the whole area will be very much developed.
“When Kampung Merembeh is turned into a tourism spot like Kundasang, this will definitely boost the economy of the area,” she said.
For Serembu constituency under the AFF programme, there are six main agriculture-based clusters identified.
Among them are ginger planting in Kampung Gumbang, cattle breeding in Kampung Merembeh, paddy planting in Kampung Peninjau Baru, Kampung Kopit and Kampung Sega, coffee planting in Kampung Tringgus, corn planting in Kampung Krokong and growing MD2 pineapples in Kampung Kopit.